I currently have a walnut tree in my backyard (northeast side of Indianapolis) that I would like removed. It is 56" in circumference and the 1st branch approx. 30 feet from ground. Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested, have any other questions on the tree, or if you have suggestions on how to sell/remove the tree.
Contact Wilhelm Lumber in St. Leon, Indiana, about 60 miles south of you towards Lawrenceburg. They're off I-74, and from talking to the owners before, they do put bids in on trees on private land as well as public land thats being cleared.
The tree sounds interesting and I would take it for my sawmill, but only if it were cut down first. Everyone thinks their yard grown walnut is worth a fortune. In most cases it is hardly worth the effort to retreive it. Yard trees are full of metal, grow too fast so the annual rings are very far apart, and they are mostly sap wood.
The only time a tree like this is worth alot is if it grew in a shaded or forest enviroment then the house was built around the tree.
Don't get me wrong, the tree could have some good lumber but if it is near a building taking it down could cost $1000 or more.
If you can't do it yourself, you may have to pay someone to cut the tree down. It sounds like you'll get a lot of board feet from a tree so clear for 30 ft. I would call someone with a Wood Miser who can cut the tree into boards right on the premisis. We have a guy in Grand Rapids who does it for 35 cent a board foot. Often our woodworking guild gets involved to hire the guy if a person just wants the tree removed. See if you have a local woodworkers guild. I'm sure they would work our an aggreeable arrangement.
I own and operate a portable sawmill, and honestly 17inch Walnut is not a great size log, by the time you mill it down you are lucky to have a 12 inch board at the widest, and like the other guy said, you can exspect to find anything in the log, and at 25.oo a pop for a new blade when you strike a nail used for the clothes line or no trespassing sign, it really adds up. Most sawyers will charge you for the blade and if it happens a couple of time you might have 50.00 just in blades before you get charged for the bd ft.
Hey cincy, sounds like you're in my neighborhood. I'm near 62nd and Binford. I've got a chainsaw, but no way to turn that tree into lumber. I've got a walnut in my yard too, no fun picking up all those nuts, but the squirrels love it.