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2 hours ago, AndyO said:

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Recently got contacted about buying this Sweet Chestnut stem and went to have a look today. I was interested as we don’t have much Sweet Chestnut in this neck of the woods…
It’s 5.5m long and about 1m at the stump.
There’s a few things putting me off:
-looks like some shake visible which seems to go all the way up.
-some staining from metal further up as well as some rot (presumably why it was felled?)
-access is terrible…

My head says walk away but my heart wants to slab a large, historic, local tree as there’s definitely a few nice burrs in it.

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Difficult to judge from the one photo of the thick end, but certainly ring shake, and if this goes all the way through this will cause problems.  Best case scenario it will affect a few boards and be a shame, but not too serious.  Worst case scenario the stem will be riddled with shake and give no decent slabs at all, and mainly yield firewood.

 

Good luck if you do mill it - let us know how you get on.

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Some nice Larch Sawlogs delivered today. Need about 3t for an order that will cover the cost of the 11t I had delivered. £90 a ton stung! Not used to paying that prices but certainly nice logs. I’ll use the rest for 6” beams for the log cabin and the rest for fencing.

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Thanks for the replies, maybe my heart was right…

I’ll need to do some head scratching about how to get some millable timber out and be very careful of Porsche in the driveway!!!

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56 minutes ago, trigger_andy said:

Some nice Larch Sawlogs delivered today. Need about 3t for an order that will cover the cost of the 11t I had delivered. £90 a ton stung! Not used to paying that prices but certainly nice logs. I’ll use the rest for 6” beams for the log cabin and the rest for fencing.

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90 a ton I wish,got quoted 160 a ton roadside.

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Working through some nice Oak, another victim of the storms this winter. Some nice patterns. Trying out a different blade to try and pull more dust out, 800-1m slabbing cut are a delicate balance of all the factors involved i find, mess up one and that thin band just does it’s own thing big time. Last 3 pics are a fireplace surround my neighbour made using Oak cut from another piece of the same tree as the boards came from. When you see a tree that was probably gonna end up either rotting away of being ringed/chipped up being used to make quality features like that it makes the effort to recover it even more worthwhile. 

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38 minutes ago, Johnsond said:

Nothing glamorous about today’s job, knocking up cladding for a customer whom wanted to utilise another storm victim  🤷‍♂️

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That looks like a crackin mill you've got there 👍

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