trucking on their own, so marketing one log most likely
doesn’t make sense, unless you can haul it yourself.
However, you can see that if a landowner were to have a
large number of trees, the money could start to add up. $112
for a red oak log starts to sound like something when there
is a semi-truck load of $112 logs. Usually, the phone calls
I answer are about a single “big” walnut tree that will cost
a homeowner lots of money to remove. They see a big log
worth big money. However, the removal costs also jump up
with the increase in tree size, negating any benefit of a larger
tree. Their hope is that I will be excited enough to cut it
down (safely, I presume) in trade for the wood, but the math
doesn’t work out. A tree that costs $3,000 to remove probably
won’t have $3,000 worth of logs in it.
Remember, the bottom line is that logs do have some
value, but if you can’t do all of the work like cutting, hauling
and selling yourself, there is almost no way to make money on
a single tree. Unless, of course, you just happen to have a tree
like the ones pictured here that I couldn’t live without. ✚
This 11-foot x 42-inch diameter walnut took two forklifts to move and
was one of only two trees that I purchased last year. I paid $950 for
this log and it is the largest walnut I have personally processed. This
log is potentially worth more money, but it had several obvious signs
of metal, so larger mills weren’t interested.