We live in a sparsely populated area about one mile from the Suwannee river. In the woods, so to speak. So the opportunity exists to harvest trees that are dying (from lack of forestry management as it is privately owned) and take out some thin spindly trees for posts.
Leaning Cedar tree being cut down. Most of the large trees were harvested many years ago. Notice the smaller trees struggling in the background.
The same tree on the ground.
It would be a big job to drag the logs to the property so we cut it up in 9′ lengths, suitable for use as stairway steps and a few 4×4 “cants” for the posts.
It’s beautiful wood.
Even though the log is small, we got some nice 8″ – 10″ nominal one and a half inch thick planks.
Milling in situ allowed us to carry the planks home with minimum effort.
We are doing some wood work way too early to allow for some drying before use. One year per 1″ is recommended – but we can use some of it partially “wet”