MISSOURI'S BLACK GOLD
There's black gold in "them thar' hills"
. . . in Missouri hills, that is.
No, not OIL black gold . . .
BLACK WALNUT trees!
Black walnut is considered by many
the finest wood in the world, and
Missouri is the #1 state in black walnut production.
Demand for this valuable hardwood
has never been greater, which means
the price has been going up, up, up.
Black walnut timber has been prized
for furniture, veneer, gun stocks (and bowls)
since colonial days, not to mention its nuts.
The dark tight-grained inner wood
shrinks and swells less than any other wood.
Tall, straight mature trees with no knots
are bringing $800/MBF and up.
(MBF = 1-inch x 1-foot x 1,000-feet board)
The 3 logs pictured here would easily fetch $2,000.
(Grab the chain saw, Honey!)