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Logging questions
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Chas in Me    Posted 08-30-2004 at 18:31:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was reading an article in Country Folks about a logger in Penn.
Two things were mentioned that I don't know anything about.
One was that black walnut is toxic. What does it do to a person? What is in it to make it toxic?
Two was that a logger who is bore saw certified will do a better job. What is a bore saw, and what is there about it that calls for certification?
Living up here in wooded Maine, you would think I would know these things. I don't and would like to.
Any Takers?

fw    Posted 08-31-2004 at 06:48:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
how can you tell the diff between a walnut and black walnut, dont say color. thanks

Ron/PA    Posted 08-31-2004 at 06:10:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chas, here's a site that might answere some of your questions on black walnuts and there production of Juglone. As well as it's toxicity.

Les    Posted 08-31-2004 at 04:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have several videotapes and I have seen demonstrations of all the tricks that modern loggers have in their arsenal. Like was said below, bore sawing is a way to keep things in control.
As I found out one day back in '74, it doesn't take much for things to get out of control.
DanG, good to see a post from you again. Been a long time.

DanG/Soganofla    Posted 08-30-2004 at 20:43:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, I ain't been on this board for a long time, and just thought I'd look in.;-)>>>

Walnut trees contain a substance known as Juglone which is a low-grade natural herbicide. It is particularly bad for tomatoes.

It is also extremely toxic to horses. NEVER use walnut shavings or sawdust in a horse stall, as the chemicals will be absorbed into their hooves and cause delamination. I understand that it is present in all parts of the tree, but is much more concentrated in the wood.

mojo    Posted 08-31-2004 at 04:38:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd never heard that...Thank You!

Ira    Posted 08-31-2004 at 02:47:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Bore sawing is a method of directional felling that gives the cutter more control of where the tree falls.You should NOT attempt to use this method without prior instruction.

Keith Ratliff    Posted 08-31-2004 at 04:08:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
bore sawing is great but works well only in trees which provide fingers in the butt logg for which to work from. Don't be fouled it is common and almost every logger in hardwood uses this method.

Greg    Posted 08-30-2004 at 18:40:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've always heard that black walnut trees were somewhat toxic to garden plants like tomato's. But catfish like them. When I was a kid my dad and uncle would fill a gunny sack half full of black walnuts with the husk still on them, throw in a brick or two, baling wire it shut and drop it above a hole in the river. After a couple of days you could stay busy catching channel, blues, and flathead below the sack. The said they liked the juice. I suppose it could have been an elaborate scam on us kids, but I did see them haul a lot of fish out.

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