A friend of mine who’s about 200 miles away called me last night ’cause he heard about some black walnut a farmer wants to sell. Tree fell down recently. Diameters range from 16″ down to 6″, lengths of about 4 feet. I need to pass along info to my friend so he can ask the right questions and determine whether it’s worth going out to look at and bargain for the wood — he’ll have to do it, as I can’t get over there. Of no help is the fact that I’ve yet to attempt my first log-to-usable-lumber venture! Perhaps y’all would be willing to help.
Here are my questions to you experts:
What’s the minimum diameter likely to be worth messing with? I’m thinking that 6″D = firewood.
Evidently there is some central rot (sapwood, I guess) in the tree. Is that likely to kill any chance of the outer wood being good for lumber?
I think it’s a pretty fresh fall, but what would be the maximum “downtime” you’d consider? Weather is cold and relatively dry over there, some snow.
What’s a reasonable price to pay for the raw wood if it’s moderately good stuff? If there’s burl available?
Any other pertinent questions?