Spruce for Timberframing
Hi, I’m new to the forum and have a couple questions.
I have 30-40 spruce trees lining my western PA driveway. According to our tree service guy they have been attacked by a “spruce needle bug”,. The trees are 12”-18” in diameter, and 50’ tall or so. Most trees have the first crotch at 12-20 feet. The branches are dead most of the way up the trees, except for the top about five feet or so, which still have needles.
I had a sawyer (circular saw mill) stop out to take a look and he said we’d get about 4,000 board feet, including the 30 or so smaller trees we have to take down. He thought the lumber would be fine, although he said if we wait till the trees are completely dead the lumber will be ruined very quickly.
So, we want to use this lumber, if it is good, for some out buildings, etc. But I’m not sure how to proceed. Should I use the stuff green? Or do I need to sticker and let sit for some time?
I have some experience with timber framing, building our front porch, but that was using beautiful, perfect, dried, (20-25% mc) Doug fir beams from Bear Creek Lumber.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.