I have a rather large silver maple tree that I need to have cut down unfortunately. The trunk is about 30″ in diameter below the fork of 2 large branches. What I wanted to know is something about silver maples and cutting trees for lumber. Is a silver maple a “hard” or “soft” maple. Can the large branches that form a Y above the main trunk section be used for boards. They are large and about 24 inches in diameter. Is the crotch where the Y is formed usefull to woodworking? Is there any way to know if you have figured maple prior to slicing boards?
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