Look! Sustainable Tree Harvesting...In Our Backyard

Look! Sustainable Tree Harvesting...In Our Backyard

Amber Byfield
Feb 10, 2009

02_10_09_tree3.jpgMy family has a piece of country property riddled with old, beautiful native Texas pecan and oak trees. Many of the trees are upwards of 50, even 100, years old. Over the weekend, one of the trees was felled--on purpose--to be made into a giant table for family gatherings... and so much more. Jump below to find out what else this tree will be made into.

The largest section of this burr oak measured 16 feet tall, and two slabs were milled from it on-site. These slabs will be made into a 10-foot table and a smaller table to sit at the end (to accommodate the 20-plus family members we have sitting around it at holidays).

There's plenty more tree to go, though; the giant tree weighed in at 9,200 pounds and will make 1,200 feet of board. More of the tree will be used for wood flooring--about 900 square feet of coverage from this one tree, which will hopefully be used to redo floors in my aunts' houses. And whatever is leftover will likely be used in the fireplace to keep the family warm, or for smaller projects that my dad, who has a knack for furniture making, might take on.

I love that we were able to harvest one of our own trees to make things that our entire family will be able to use. The tree came right from our backyard, and now it will be a part of our family's traditions.

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