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Was wondering if anyone has ever ever had a sugar maple that has fallen from wind milled into lumber ?

The tree I am looking to mill has been down for a year or so, but has been off the ground. It is about 24 inches at the butt and seems solid. Do you think it would be worth the effort to have it cutting into boards?
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yes i would say it's worth it. tap hole maple in certain areas can bring a premium price.
for use for yourself I would say the same and get it processed so you can see the beauty of the wood, actually many times if the log is a little spalted from lying on the ground, or being exposed to the weather the wood takes on a whole new beauty.
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yes i would say it's worth it. tap hole maple in certain areas can bring a premium price.
for use for yourself I would say the same and get it processed so you can see the beauty of the wood, actually many times if the log is a little spalted from lying on the ground, or being exposed to the weather the wood takes on a whole new beauty.
I was just told that spalted maple is bringing a premium price!
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I was just told that spalted maple is bringing a premium price!
i have a buyer in my area that just goes crazy for spalted taphole. so when we cut on dead ones, I'll actually leave the butt log on the landing for a season or 2 to get that awesome straining that a spalted tree will give you.
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Was wondering if anyone has ever ever had a sugar maple that has fallen from wind milled into lumber ?

The tree I am looking to mill has been down for a year or so, but has been off the ground. It is about 24 inches at the butt and seems solid. Do you think it would be worth the effort to have it cutting into boards?
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if the tree was tapped with metal spouts make sure they have all been removed, or if a producer used to hang their tubing with nails on the tree remove those too. if by an old fence line make sure there isn't any barbed wire in the tree. only thing that can ruin beautiful looking maple lumber is the bill for a saw blade replacement or sharpening.
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Custom sawmilling is what I do for a living. A maple that has been down for a year will be fine for sawing. It will have some colour in it but it will not be spalted yet. It needs at least two years before it will have decent spalt, but if you try to wait for spalt, there is a good chance that it will become punky and soft. Spalting logs for lumber is risky business because of this, but when you get some nice spalted lumber, it is worth it! I have found that often the best spalted lumber comes from standing dead trees.

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Good point Jake. I stopped by a sawmill last week to do some welding on the thing and the sawyer was re installing a sawblade he had to send out for repair from cutting through a large nail. Guy dropped off 1 log and it cost him 1600 dollars in repairs from the nail. All the mills around here you have to agree to pay damages to a blade if they hit metal.
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Band saw mills are a lot cheaper on blades. I charge $15 if a blade is damaged and just needs setting and sharpening(hit a nail, or small metal object) and $30 if the blade is destroyed (hit a lag bolt, cast spile, etc). If you can find someone like myself, with a portable mill, it is very convenient.

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Last year at the Michigan Maple Producers Association fall tour at one of the tour stops someone had a maple butt log turned into veneer sheets and the gave them away to everyone on the tour.
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but i just can't resist.

you shouldn't have posted that pic cause that's probably the first wood Haynes has seen in a decade
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