Builders cut down tree for a commercial building.
How long do I have to season a log 10 inch in diameter X 4 feet? One is hickory the other is black walnut. I want to use the wood. I polyurethaned the ends 5 days (three times) after it was cut but I still see one small crack along the diameter in both logs.
New Haven County Connecticut
Thanks Charlie for the response. I was reading some more on this website and I see what you are saying. One expert was saying the sooner you mill the logs the better and then let them dry. I was planning to make some axe handles and some tool handles with the hickory and whatever came into my mind for the black walnut. You know I was surprised to see the only the inner core of the tree was black walnut. But that's still interesting. ( I never cut one down)
Now that I have your attention, could I ask another question about Black Walnut ? I've always heard that squirrels eat the nuts and deer do too, but in my 65 years in CT I have never seen a squirrel or deer show any interest in these fallen nuts. And believe me CT has tons and tons of deer and squirrels. The nuts lay on the ground for ages. Now I know for sure that squirrels love to eat hickory nuts/pig nuts too and I've seen them eat some oak tree acorns, but never black walnut nuts. What do you think about this claim?
I assume that you do see squirrels carrying away walnuts when they are still in the green outer husk to eat or bury away from the tree. A neighbor has a walnut tree where I live which keeps the local squirrel population very busy for a while every fall. The squirrels serve as a great mechanism spreading the heavy seed away from the tree. Some of the buried seeds will germinate and become seedlings in the spring.
So, why don't squirrels pick up nuts which have fallen from the tree? Are squirrels taking nuts from the tree when they are still in their green shell and allowing others to fall, suggesting that they are selectively harvesting the nuts? Have you ever opened any of the fallen nuts to see what is inside? I wonder if the fallen and uneaten nuts may have small holes in them which have allowed the nut to dry prematurely or insects to enter. A small opening, or insects can cause a thin leathery material to develop inside of a nut instead of fleshy nut. That undeveloped nut would be of little interest to a squirrel.