population (St. Louis and St. Charles,
Missouri), I often get requests from
homeowners looking to make money
from their logs, especially after hearing age-old stories of walnut logs selling for thousands of dollars.
A log is worth as much as someone is
willing to pay. This sounds like a smart-ass answer, but it isn’t. If you don’t
know where to sell your logs or you
can’t find someone in your area willing
to pay, they aren’t worth much. And,
if you can’t get your logs to the buyer,
they are worth even less. Especially, if
you only have one tree, expect no excitement from someone who normally
purchases logs. You won’t get a larger
purchaser, like a big sawmill, to come
out for less than a truckload.
Your log probably isn’t as great as
you think it is. You would be amazed by
how many people call me and tell me
about a walnut tree in their yard that
is at least 40 years old or about the tree
that has its first branch at 5 feet from
the ground. A walnut tree is a baby at
40 years old and is obviously a short,
branchy yard tree with not much of a
log if there are branches 5 feet from
the ground. A good tree will have at
least 10 feet of branchless trunk, if not
16 feet or more.
Most high-dollar logs are veneer-quali-
ty logs. Almost all of the stories of logs
selling for high prices are for veneer-
quality logs. And, almost all of the logs
out there are not veneer-quality logs.
Veneer logs look like they came from
the “log factory” and are perfect in
every way; no signs of knots, straight,
round, good color, good growth ring
spacing, and hopefully, big. I only get a
few veneer quality trees out of hun-
dreds per year.
Yard trees have metal in them. This
is no myth. Whether you remember
doing it or not, there is a good chance
SCM North America
p. 700-813-8818 - scmgroupna.com
ACCORD 25 FX
EASY TO USE SMART TECHNOLOGY
3, 4, and 5-axis CNC Machining Centre
Engineered with optimal solutions for manufacturing solid wood
elements, plastic, composites and light alloys.
Versatile and powerful machining with component passage up
to 250 mm and up to 44 tools onboard.
Maximum speed and productivity thanks to the new safety
system Pro Speed.