I cut down a black walnut a while back and finally got around to having the butt log sawed a few weeks ago. I ended up with 150-200 bdft of very nice book match lumber. However, I still have the slash that needs to be dealt with. Usually with oak, I just cut out any 8'-9' logs and sell them to the sawmill guy for railroad ties and burn the rest. I am not sure I want to do this with black walnut. There are still some decent boards in there and plenty of crotch wood. I do have a bandsaw and my sawmill guy is willing to cut anything he can get on the mill. I just don't want to take the time to process it out. Maybe I could sell it to another woodworker where it sits or something crazy? What do you guys think?
Branches of trees do not normally make good furniture wood due to the stresses of the wood sustained while supporting itself. That being said, turners like crotch wood for its figure and any branches of a decent diameter might be able to be used to make bowls and other turnings.
Note: the first two pictures, top to bottom, show the sample woods I bought to match: mahogany, walnut, oak, the bottom is the side of the table. The remaining 3 pictures are of the wood in question...