If a tree falls in the woods

As we had indicated on Facebook and Instagram, we had all intentions of purchasing eastern white pine siding for the exterior of our house.  But, during the biggest winter storm we had this year, mother nature decided we should try something different.  A 100’+ eastern white pine decided it had enough and came crashing down.  Fortunately, it wasn’t close to damaging our current home, or the tiny in progress.  At over 100 feet tall, and with a 36 inch diameter at its base, there is a ton of usable wood in this tree.  We should have enough for siding and flooring.  We can’t pass on an opportunity like this and it would be a shame to waste the multi-century old tree.

White Pine Base

For reference, I’m 5’10”. The tree is at least 36″ in diameter.

After the snow melted, we de-limbed the tree and waited for some help from our friend Mark of Outdoor Industries, LLC to cut the tree into millable log lengths and move it to our driveway.  We are anxiously waiting for the logs to be milled on site and then dried.  Although it will take a fair amount of time to dry before we can use the wood, our schedule doesn’t look like it will be clearing any time soon.

When it’s all said and done, milling our own lumber will save us about 75% between siding and flooring, if not more!  If the awesomeness of taking it from tree to siding and flooring ourselves isn’t reason enough to put the effort in, the financial savings certainly is.

Tree Rings

While we wait to mill the logs, I’ll be counting the rings…