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Uses for Pine Tree Logs?

 
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I am having a very large (60' tall 3.5' diameter) pine tree taken down by a small tree service. I informed the owner/lead tree guy that I would happily take the wood chips for use around my yard and gardens. I was wondering if there were any uses for any other parts of the tree such as longer logs around my property - we have a one acre lot with lawn, gardens and blueberry bushes. Our lot is fenced in, about one half by a wooden stockade fence where we most want privacy , connected to a four foot metal wire fence that keeps our dog in and our neighbors dog out. The owner of the tree service said that he will have the tree down in a day but that he would need another day to remove all the wood. I am certain he would give me a discount off the $2500 bill if I told him he could leave some of the wood behind. Any ideas/suggestions , or should I just get this off of my property?
 
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If you needed some lumber you could hire a portable sawmill to cut it into boards for you.  You can get a crazy number of 2x4s from a log that fat.  It's just hard to move them around when they're that big and the company would likely chunk them up smaller so they can get them in their truck.  Or they might haul the bigger diameter pieces to a sawmill themselves...
 
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I consider any downed tree as a precious resource. Our trees are pine and fir and they work very well in the garden. We use them for building garden beds and for firewood. The logs can be cut up and used as edging around a raised bed, or longer pieces laid on the ground can make nice benches with a little work. I'd ask them to chip all of the branches and pile that up. You can use as mulch right away or inoculate with mushrooms then use as mulch. Or use the chips in making a raised garden bed.

I attached a picture of our kitchen garden we built almost 3 years ago. It took  LOT of wood to make this but it's amazingly productive and the life in the soil is now very abundant.

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Kitchen Garden
Kitchen Garden
 
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You could tell him you want CHIPS! By that I mean bring a big chipper and chip a lot of the trunk as well as branches.


 
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I have always wanted a bench like one I saw pictured at Wheaton Labs.  This is not that one though it is one made by a member of the forum:



From Three Log Bench


This is a slightly different bench from greenwood:



From Green Wood Bench


Here is a swinging bench:



From Swinging Bench


Maybe you are in the need of a shaving horse:



Shaving Horse

I also found this picnic table:



Picnic Table

The great thing about these is if you decide to build any of them if you take pictures and follow the instruction, you can get a PEP BB (Permaculture experience according to Paul Badge Bit)

 
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Here's a fun option if you have a chainsaw...
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Table and chairs
 
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Or a log beehive:
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Is the tree already down?  You can have a nice sculpture if you leave 10 or 15 feet of trunk still attached to the ground.

Also, the logs can be hollowed out to make water trough or planter.

Hugelkulture… and if you are in an arid region, bury them for hugelkulture.

Have a woodcutter come take it apart for firewood

Wood turners are often seeking wood chunks for their craft.
 
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The wood is valuable but if you do not have the equipment or experience to use it is often wasted.  
Our community has an active buy, sell, swap page that lists such things and arrangements are made.
 
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I second a roundwood picnic table.   Just check out this video of the one at wheaton labs.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKrimi0qj-s
 
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It could be something as simple as you have a hillside with some sort of grade that you want to plant into. Use the logs on the bottom of the hill to act as a catchment and backfill against. You may have to stake the logs to support them but it will allow you to terrace an otherwise underutilized piece of land.
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