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Another wind wind blown tree in our wood.

Tree tip was crossing the fence to farmer field and I guess farmer had trimmed it.

I hope it is Oak but I am not sure, there is no signs of rot.

I did not have a tape with me but it is very long and I was unable to cross my arms around it so I guess over 20 inch thick.

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Definetly an ash, I've milled some over the years and not had much use for it really,very rarely do I get anyone ask for it either, not to say you won't, but better return on splitting it ,and turning it or if milling then ok for chopping boards but can be bland unless some nice dark centre detail,

Ash has many uses,it's just finding the right person,

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It is ash, and it can be milled (anything can be milled!) but whether to bother or not depends on your plans for it.

 

If you were planning to sell, I would make sure you had a buyer lined up as otherwise it could sit around for a while. If you want it for your own use, it can make a nice, lighter coloured floor which looks good in a more modern house, or simple, plain-lined furniture (think Scandinavian).

 

Whilst it's overkill, it is also superior to something like spruce for general construction of sheds etc. so if you have plans in that direction it will save you money overall to have this milled rather than buy in the timber from a builder's merchant. If you do go this route, bear in mind that for anything which needs to pass building regs you will need to ensure compliance with visual grading standards and this can be a tricky argument to have as building control officers are not likely to be familiar with it, or to trust you. It's also important to make sure you have your full cutting list worked out as you can't exactly nip back and get another bit.

 

If you do use it for anything even semi-structural such as shed frames and rafters, bear in mind that it is not naturally durable so I would want to treat it all heavily against insect attack before it was installed. Wykabor just after milling, before stacking for seasoning, would be my choice.

 

If you do mill it, don't write off the bends. They can make good frame sections if you want a rustic look in a shed, or if cut the right way they can be handy for handles on tools such as axes.

 

Alec

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