Sawing Storm-Downed Walnut and Cherry
From contributor S:
If the trees leafed out this season there's no big rush - they're still alive. But it is a good time to hunt around for someone to do the sawing. I'd leave the trees as they are until you are ready to buck the logs into the lengths you want. Logs with open ends can dry out and crack over the summer.
8/4 walnut brings more money than 4/4. Sawing walnut is different than sawing other species, so hire someone that knows what they are doing to get the best grade. Go out to the mill where you might send the logs and look over the lumber they are producing. Are there thickness problems? Do they saw high quality material like walnut or cherry? Avoid hiring a rookie who has just purchased a mill and has little experience.
From contributor F:
If the uprooting broke off the majority of the roots, I'd get in a bit more of a hurry. Transpirational drying can occur through the leaves, resulting in internal checks. Cutting off the limbs stops that. Preferably I'd cut the logs to length, paint the ends and have them sawn promptly. Summer is a tough time to process logs, and downed trees have more degrading tricks than in winter.
From contributor A:
Walnut logs are not worth as much as they were two years ago. Several walnut places are not even buying logs right now. If the leaves are green then there is no big hurry right now. But if the trees start wilting, you will have to get to them. The cherry sapwood will stain if the tree dies on the stump, more so than the walnut.
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