Not sure exactly where to post this . Just today , I acquired a black walnut log/tree . Did a slice at the large end in order to provide a clean and unchecked surface . There is some staining on the one side that indicates the presence of metal in the tree . I gotta try to locate said metal although one thing is for sure . I'm not risking a new and sharp chain on it , so I guess I'll have to locate it with an old chain if I can't find it otherwise . This tree measures about 42" in diameter at the base . If cut/split correctly , it should yield substantial quarter sawn billets as well as a crotch or two . I'll snap some pics and post them . If the spirit moves me , I may even do a bit of a tutorial on my processing this tree into the desired parts . This tree shows almost no twist and is very straight . It is not totally clear , but that can be worked around . Once it is cut into rounds , I will be splitting it into wedges where it makes sense to do so . Yeah , I actually do enjoy doing this . I am so anxious to see what I find inside .