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Author Topic: Cherry, Walnut prices  (Read 6840 times)

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Offline beenthere

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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2015, 03:59:53 pm »
Good lesson.
Maybe sell such customers the walnut log, and if they want it sawn into lumber, then add your cost for sawing.
That way, can put any yield of heartwood, internal defects, grade of lumber, etc. on the log buyer.. not on the sawyer. Just my opinion.

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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2015, 08:31:07 pm »
I get an average of around $2.50 Doyle scale delivered on SW Missouri walnut saw logs tree run delivered . This is for 12" and up on small end with most running 14" to 18". Veneer butts are running $5.00 to $7.00 at the landing .
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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2015, 08:44:47 am »
The cabinet builders here in my corner of Kansas like Walnut and will pay up to $5-$11.00 BF, I am just starting out and I like to cut on shares. Others within a 100 mile radius charge $50.00 per hour but that will pay for recreation and not much left for maintenance or upgrades. I just bought a used TimberKing 1600, am completing a covered 30'x50' cutting barn, have a skid loader and so far all my fingers. Looking to retire shortly and keep the farm and creek bed cleaned up.

Welcome to the forum John Grange!  Sounds like you have a good plan.  Try to put up pictures of the cutting barn if you can, your fingers too if you want....   :D

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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2015, 01:19:33 pm »
So, I had the question of what are black walnut logs worth to me.  My firewood guy has been finding me various logs that he thought were too nice for firewood and selling them to me, Oak and hickory so far. He had a guy that said he had a couple walnut trees or logs, not sure which.  The firewood guy understands the often over-inflated sense of value from lay people.  Anyway I told him I'd try to figure out what a fair value was.  So using this thread, and looking at the most recent timber prices extention for my state (2013)I came up with a range.  This is what I wrote to him:

"It looks like $1-$2.50 per BF on the Doyle scale- delivered to the mill, for 12” minimum diameter inside the bark on the small end.  Price could be higher for longer logs, and clear butt logs.  As you know I buy certain curved and crooked  stuff by the piece.
 
Veneer grade prices can go $4.50 –$11.00 per BF.  Veneer grade is very difficult to meet though.  It’s only butt logs that are fresh cut without defects.  They will reject for many defects, if it has been down too long and started drying on the ends, if they find black rings in the end or any sign of ants.  They will not touch a yard tree.  They may need to see where it came from to be sure it wasn’t a yard tree.  One nail will chip their veneer knife which is a long (often 8+ feet)precision ground knife, which will put their machine down and cost time and money.  Veneer buyers will not travel for just a couple logs.  They have a minimum."

There are no professional mills around here.  The nearest sawyer that would buy walnut is another half hour further away.  So I gave a range for the price that would be worth it as saw logs to me.
The extension had a range in my zone of $1100-$2000 MBF




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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2015, 06:50:17 pm »
If I could get BF price in log form on some of the posts I've read here, I'd sell my mill...no sense sawing it...just kidding, I Love to saw, the numbers are just a testament to how much regional and market conditions change numbers...
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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2015, 07:06:29 pm »
So bkaimwood, are saying you think $1-$2.50 BF is too much? 
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Re: Cherry, Walnut prices
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2015, 06:05:32 am »
So bkaimwood, are saying you think $1-$2.50 BF is too much?
No Brad, not by any means... I said by SOME of the numbers mentioned in SOME of the replies, and there are about 30 or so, so far...I pay up to a buck a foot for average yard tree quality logs, and would pay up to your high for the nicest stuff...I'd be willing to go more if I had a bigger mill...and more space. With some buying NICE logs at 4-6 bucks a foot on up, I couldn't be competitive, as that's where my finished product starts at, kiln dried...
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