I have a friend with 3 very large cherry trees that were blown down a few years ago. The wood is still in great shape, it’s not rotting (yet). With that said, they probably will not be good for live-edge projects due to the bark starting to get loose. There is a lot of wood there, my estimate is there is over 8,000 board feet of lumber in those trees. In addition to the cherry, there is some white oak, sassafrass and silver maple.
He is not a woodworker, so I’m on my own if I want the wood. I can get it for almost free (I promised to make him a cherry headboard), but there will be a lot of work and expense to turn those trees into usable lumber.
So, to hire someone to mill the trees, then to air-dry it for a period of time, I’d need to partner with interested folks to spread the cost out. Anyone interested?
-Mark Szidik. (former member)