I live in Michigan in an area that has been impacted by the Emerald Ash Bore. This bug is killing ALL of the ash trees on my property.
A few years ago I hired a portable saw mill and milled 50 or so trees into 1 1/4" planks and construction grade lumber (2x4, 2x6, 2x8, 4x4, & 6x6).
I used the planks to create 6" wide t&g flooring for an addition I put on my old farm house. I then "recreated" the orginal turn of the century 8" molding that is in the main house by purchasing a bit for my shaper.
I now have serveral hundred more trees impacted by the bug and they will be standing dead in a year or so.
I am considering felling these trees, stacking and stickering, and building a log home on the property. It would be a "long term" project that I could take my time with since I live on the property. I understand that ash is best for furniture and fuel, but it sickens me to think of all of that lumber going "up in smoke". Also, since ash is pretty hard and not real rot resistant the prospect of building an ash log home may quite possibley be insane.The goal would be to do as much as possible from scratch to keep costs low so that I can sell the farm house and get out from under my mortgage.
.. so, am I crazy to be dreaming / planning such a project?