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What to do with the logs?

In order to get down the large ash tree that was left leaning, I had to cut down a fairly large cedar tree as well.

My dad helped me cut these down. The first thing we tried to do was to get a rope up high in the ash tree in hopes that we could pull it back from the direction it was leaning. We couldn't get the rope that high in the tree so we used an extension ladder to get as high as we could and tie the rope there. Using a come-along, we tried to pull the tree back, but couldn't. At that point we decided to cut it down (after very much deliberation). When we cut it, my worst fear came true, it hung on two other trees and did not fall. So now we had 80' tall tree, cut off but hanging there over the driveway. We used dad's truck and tried to pull it down. It wouldn't budge. So then we cut down a cedar tree that it was hanging on. Boom.. the whole mess came down.

So I have three logs that I hate the idea of just sawing up into firewood. But the problem is that saw mills don't want to mess with logs that came from a residential area because of the risk of hitting something metallic when they saw it. They also aren't interested in messing around with just three logs.

So, I'm considering sawing them up myself. I could do it by hand, but the challenge is that its slow, and even more so, its a challenge to keep things straighten and even.

Companies make attachments for chainsaws that can be used to saw up logs like this. That seems pretty reasonable to me. If I hit something metallic its just a matter of sharpening the chain (or maybe buying a new chain for $13 (ripping chain).

Of course it makes no sense to go to this trouble if I can't find some use for the wood. So, one idea I have is to have a friend make a grandfather clock for me. I've always wanted one, and it would be really cool to have one made out of lumber right off the property. And the guy I would have do the work (if he will) used to swim in the pond here when he was a kid, so there's a double connection.


White Ash

40' long

21" Dia

White Ash

40' long

20" Dia.


21' long

18" Dia.

I counted the rings in the white ash. I come up with 92.

I want to smooth the wood out better and then lable the years on the tree. Then I can tell what kind of growing season we had during those years.

April 18th, 2009 - I took three logs to Maplewood Farm Sawmill yesterday. I took the two cedar logs and one white ash. I should get the lumber back in a week or so. I'm anxious to see how it comes out. I wish I had taken some pictures of loading it in the truck - it was bit of a project. I had so much fun doing that. I wish I could work with logs all the time.

April 25th, 2009 - I finished cutting up splitting the logs I'm not lumbering. Its ready for Roger.
There are three logs left to go to the mill.

May 2nd, 2009
Brought the first load of boards home form the mill

Stacked and drying. 160 board feet @ $.30 per foot = $48. You sure couldn't buy this wood for $48 at home depot.
May 9, 2009 - I've been doing a little more research and learning about what I have to do to dry this wood. Just air drying probably is not going to be satisfactory. So I either have to pay some one to kiln dry it, or I have to figure out how to make a kiln at home. Standby for that next project.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Loaded the last two logs to go to the mill. These were the largest. It took me about 4 hours to get them loaded and to cut up the third log which was infested half way up with carpenter ants.
Loading the first on, and you can see the infestation in the second log, so I cut that up for fire wood. Here's the last one going on the truck. It was by frar the largest - 10' long and it was the trunk piece so the largest in diameter. Probably 600 or 700 lbs.