I've just been given a 55' hickory trunk brought down by a windstorm. I'm not sure of the exact species, here in central North Carolina. Trunk diameter starts at 23" at 20' up it's 19", so lots of board feet should come from the log. What is the best way to saw this species (plain, quarter, etc)? This is my first try sawing and drying hickory.
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor A:
For the most part it is best flat sawn by the grade rules. Only shagbark hickory has any real qsawn ray flake. You will only want to take one or two cuts per face before turning the log, as it will often have stress. It is a hard wood to saw and a sharp blade with 10 degree or less hook will cut it best.
It is prone to sticker stain, so dry stickers work best. I often lean the boards up against the saw building out of the sun for a few days before stickering. This helps by removing the surface moisture some and cuts down on sticker stain. Bugs love hickory and it will stain and get infested quickly this time of year. Remove all bark from boards not edged completely.
I always use dry stickers on all my stack piles. Thanks for the turning/stress tip. Is there a good chemical treatment I can spray coat the wood with that prevents insects from attacking? I'll make sure there is no bark edging left on boards too.