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Old 09-03-2008, 04:51 PM   #16
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A fifty foot black walnut will most likely pay out over $4000.00 in tember
I sure wish I could find someone local who thinks the same as you! If the wood is that valuable, then why wouldn't a sawmill owner invest whatever hundreds of dollars it would cost to cut this tree down down so they can have all the wood for free? The sawmills here sure aren't interested. Maybe it's worth that just in certain parts of the country, but not here in Cincinnati.

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Old 09-03-2008, 05:07 PM   #17
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A fifty foot black walnut will most likely pay out over $4000.00 in tember
I may have underestimated the value, but 4 grand is way over estimated. Looking at that tree in the photo it probably has 3 sawlogs, maybe 3/12 total. With the total height being 50 feet, the merchantable height is probably around 30 feet. Thats roughly 240 board feet depending on which log scale you use. at 800 per thousand, thats about 220 dollars.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:43 PM   #18
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Agreed, there is very little usable heartwood in a tree that narrow. Very little. Probably not enough to justify someone's time in cutting it down and hauling it away.

I have a monsterous 36" diameter walnut in my yard. It is always the first to lose its leaves in the fall and the last to get its leaves in the spring. I regularly get tree services stopping by offering to remove it for free, stating that it is dead. It certainly isn't dead. It would have a lot of usable lumber in it. I have two really nice walnut dents in my truck's hood from this season alone. Beautiful tree, but it is always dropping something. Walnuts, leaves, stems, sap, little fuzzy leafy things that look like caterpillars, and more sap.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:20 AM   #19
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Agreed, there is very little usable heartwood in a tree that narrow. Very little. Probably not enough to justify someone's time in cutting it down and hauling it away.

There is that and the fact that most lumber co's do not remove trees in a residential neighborhood because of nails,etc which damage their blades.
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:52 AM   #20
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The previous owner did have a cable installed to keep the 2 big limbs from splitting apart about halfway up the tree. So I guess there's a minimum of 2 nails/screws up there.

I guess we'll just have to work around living with this tree. Right now I am offering this tree on Freecycle and Craigslist. Let's see if there are any takers in my area. I'll be sure to post back if there is.
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I once heard of one black walnut tree selling for $27000. They can be quite valuable if the quality is good. I think you could find someone to do the job for you and get paid too.
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I once heard of one black walnut tree selling for $27000. They can be quite valuable if the quality is good. I think you could find someone to do the job for you and get paid too.
Yes, that would be veneer quality. You need a large diameter, say anything above 26 inches and an extremely straight bole with little taper for a long ways before a veneer mill will purchase the tree. And no branches below the minimum diameter limit.
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I once heard of one black walnut tree selling for $27000. They can be quite valuable if the quality is good. I think you could find someone to do the job for you and get paid too.
A tree that would produce LOTS of blanks for highly figured gun stock blanks or fancy veneer would be the only way to ever see big money, or much money at all for that matter. The tree in the picture is not a tree that is going to do either. Sorry for being a funsucker, I just don't want you to get your hopes up.
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Thanks for painting the realistic picture. In my wildest of hopes at this point, I hope that there's someone out there who will take it down for free so they can have the wood. But if not, the squirrels will just continue to enjoy a bountiful crop of walnuts.
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$27,000???? i have some toothpick sized scraps here.... i wonder if i could get a few thousand for them? seriously though, has ANYone ever had GOOD dealings with tree buyers? i'd sure like to hear them. all i ever hear is rip-off stories around here. the guy that took down some maples for me screwed us pretty good. starting with the second UNMARKED tree he took when i went in to answer the phone....ending with him not doing any cleanup and trying to lower the price quoted on the contract for the oaks i wanted down "because the market changed"
i sold him the maple he'd already cut for a higher price and then told him to take a hike. at least i have the tops for firewood this winter.

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I have heard of that, and actually black walnuts are kind of pricey. Maybe put an ad in the paper and collect them in little containers and sell them off? We actually just saw a house with a pear tree and the pears were causing the branches to hit the ground, so we asked if we could pick some [traded the man some sweet corn from my father in laws] and got pears AND apples! :-) Try bartering! I wish I lived closer to you! :-)
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I, too, have heard that about walnuts. I checked out "walnut harvesting" on the Internet and found that it's a lot of work (and dirty work, at that!) to finally get to the edible nut. If I liked walnuts, I would go to the trouble, but since I don't like the taste of them, I won't. Now if they were cashews or almonds, that'd be a different story.

No, I'll just leave them for the squirrels to round up. They appreciate them.
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beccalynn: where's that pear tree again? lol

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I sure wish I could find someone local who thinks the same as you! If the wood is that valuable, then why wouldn't a sawmill owner invest whatever hundreds of dollars it would cost to cut this tree down down so they can have all the wood for free? The sawmills here sure aren't interested. Maybe it's worth that just in certain parts of the country, but not here in Cincinnati.
After reviewing the picture that these other posters were referring to , I have to agree that tree is not worth anything. I can't believe that I didn't see the picture when I first replied to the post. But did here of people getting big money for there tree's . you'll get more money for the walnuts then the wood.

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