Custom Sawing

Custom sawing services are provided at our farm at the cost of $70 per hour, with a $100 minimum. The cost can be minimized if the customer is able to move the boards as they are cut. Typically, it takes about one hour to saw two 16 inch logs. Most customers bring their logs to the farm to avoid the travel and preparation costs incurred otherwise. We can saw about any log starting at 6 inches in diameter, 5 feet long, up to 30 inches in diameter, 20 feet long. The smaller logs are probably not cost effective. The most desirable logs are 12 inches inside the bark, small end, straight, and 8 to 16 feet long. If you are interested in having logs custom sawn, please call Dan Cassens at 765-412-6844 for details and scheduling.

Urban Wood

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Trees around a city or town can help clean the air and add beauty. But when a tree has to be removed, the leftover wood may be left to decompose or be burned. However, there are ways people can use the old wood as lumber to make something permanent. News 18 takes a look at urban wood and how one local man is turning one of his old trees into a treasure.

An urban tree is defined as a tree in a residential area or within a city. Purdue Forestry Professor Dan Cassens said when an urban tree is removed, the homeowner or a business chooses what they want to do with the leftover wood.

"Once that happens, you have to make a choice - whether it's going to go to the landfill or whether it's going to go for firewood," Cassens said.

However, another option is to turn the wood into lumber and make it into a permanent product. The process is called urban tree utilization. Cassens said many people use the lumber to build furniture, like chairs or tables. "It's for the homeowner that wants to convert that tree into a useable product. Some of that might be sentimental reasons," Cassens said.

"It's good for the environment," Cassens said. "I think it's good because it gets people more involved, and you end up using your hands and you end up producing something that you can show to your friends." It is more common to see urban wood in big cities, like Chicago, because of the large populations. It's a process that is not too common in Indiana, but Cassens said is continuing to grow around the state.

Urban tree utilization is beneficial for the local economy and is environmentally friendly. Many consider it a "green" process because the dry wood will be used as lumber, instead of being burned or left to decompose. As a result, less carbon is released into the atmosphere.