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I'm harvesting a few trees from my property for my own use as saw logs and firewood. A friend saw some of my logs and a some of my trees and suggested they might be worth a premium to high-end wood suppliers.
The tree growing out of the hillside and the one with the huge crotch 30' up are chestnut oak, just over 24" at shoulder height. The other cut crotch is a white oak (3' x 5').
Obviously I'm an amateur hobbyist and I'm really just trolling for information. If some of my logs or timber are worth cutting and selling I'd like to get more information on how a hobbyist like me goes about putting his goods on the market.
Any advice welcome.
I use wood like that all the time. It has no value, and I never pay for it. The crotch in the bottom picture has major bark inclusion - you will have a limited amount of feather figure in that piece. The stresses in the piece that is growing sideways would require someone who knows what they are doing to saw it and dry it and still end up with a decent piece of wood. Hate to see it all burn, but one has to stay warm, that's for sure.
Check with your state forestry department.
Any of those (except the stem of the tall one) would have no value for lumber in the commercial sense. On the other hand, the one leaning up hill would make a great arched sign... if you can find someone who wants it. That tree will be especially tricky to cut down and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone without considerable experience. Tommy has good advice on safety.