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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:58 AM
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Thanks to a lead from xyz5150, yesterday I got permission to tap a whole yard full of walnuts. In talking with the homeowners they mentioned their daughters place has a huge walnut and an arborist was out and had mentioned that it's one of the largest he's ever seen in Michigan.

That got me thinking about large girth trees so a Google search showed some list of top large girth trees in Michigan and also something I didn't know but the sugar maple is the most common tree here as well. Interesting.

So on the list is a silver maple with a girth of 347 inches and that was back 15 years ago! That's almost 30 feet of tubing if it's your end tree on a lateral. My guess the good Dr Tim would say " its a 3 tapper ". Lol.
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Or a GONNER with your addiction to firewood.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 12:47 PM
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2 taps no more :)
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Old February 17th, 2016, 02:34 PM
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Been tapping today , in for lunch but did manage to take a pic of this huge walnut.
It's unbelievable the size of those branches that are almost horizontal.
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Wishlist, they aren't concerned about the tapholes? Would taphole Walnut be as popular as taphole Maple is now. At one time when a Walnut was harvested they even dug the roots out, heard they made beautiful handgun grips.

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Old February 17th, 2016, 06:31 PM
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Wishlist, they aren't concerned about the tapholes? Would taphole Walnut be as popular as taphole Maple is now. At one time when a Walnut was harvested they even dug the roots out, heard they made beautiful handgun grips.

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I don't know what tap hole walnut would be worth? None of the owners walnuts that I currently tap are concerned about the tap hole. I do know that at least in this part of the country many loggers won't mess with roadsides , fence rows , or yard trees . Heck my neighbor, they practice the scorch earth way of farming , cleared out a huge fence row of some nice oak logs. They hauled them up to the farm where they sat for 4 years. Come to find out they couldn't get anybody to saw them up since they didn't cut the trees themselves is what I was told first hand. Pile was just recently cut up for firewood.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 07:26 PM
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sawmill operators like to cut their own logs, or know who does it for them. Equipment is pricey to fix after hitting a screw in step for a deer blind
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Most guys will saw up the logs around here, they just make it clear that the saw blades are worth so much each and the cost of sharpening/replacing if they hit something. Good metal detector will find some of the stuff but if it's in a foot it's going to be a blade.
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What wishlist is not telling you is where he is standing while taking that picture is a cemetery. That tree is getting a lot of fertilizer!
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Old February 17th, 2016, 09:46 PM
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What wishlist is not telling you is where he is standing while taking that picture is a cemetery. That tree is getting a lot of fertilizer!
Well your close xyz5150. The cemetery is a few hundred yards to the west. I was standing on Brooks road before you get to the cemetery.
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