Hello – I have been reading everything i can find about air drying black walnut. We are clearing a site for a new home and had to take down a black walnut. My nephew owns a sawmill and has offered to kiln dry the wood, however I have read that air drying preserves the color best…. and I hate to bother my nephew since they are so busy with orders. The logs were cut two weeks ago. Because i only have the one tree, which isn’t huge, someone with a portable sawmill offered to let me bring him my logs when he was close by, only charging me per board foot, and not for the minimum. I am taking him the logs tomorrow, and will bring them home same day.
I live in northwest Georgia. It is very hot right now with frequent afternoon thunderstorms and high humidity. We have a metal barn that we can use to stack the boards. Would it be better to stack in the barn or outside?
I have sealed the ends, will use stickers to separate… and thought about weighing down with concrete blocks placed inside a plastic bag to prevent concrete dust from getting on the boards.
The wood will be used to make a farmhouse table top (and maybe benches if I have enough wood)
The person making my table has said that if i mill to 1.75 inches I will have enough board to plain and make a nice table.
I understand that it will take a long time to dry… that’s ok, we are many, many, months away from having a house to put it in anyway.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!