A neighbor had to "lose" a very large oak in his yard last year. It was just about 34" in diameter, but at ther point of the first crotch some 16 feet in the air, it was apparent that ancient storm damage was taking its toll, and the tree wasn't long for this earth. With help of some pros, we got the thing down, and were able to save the bottom as one 15 foot log length. A friend of mine has a saw mill, over 100 years old that he's been restoring over time, but has it presently in working condition to make a little money. With some effort and a log truck, we got the log over to the mill and had the thing milled. One "board" from just about the thickest part of the tree was carved out as one slab about 3 1/2" thick x 32" wide (or so) x about 15 feet long. He's presently got it still drying, slowly, in what he lovingly refers to as "controlled conditions" (yeah, right), and is planning to use the entire slab, as is with a sanded and finished top as a bar surface, bark and all.
Sounds kind of neat. We'll see. We'll see. Admittedly, if it all comes together, it will be rather awesome.
[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited May 05, 2003).]