Are there luthiers who will build with your wood?
If you manage to have some dried lumber from the tree I might be able to help. Most of my dulcimers are kind of unique in a number of ways, but if they are of interest to you, I would be willing to work with customer supplied lumber that was properly dried. I am used to breaking down larger pieces into pieces suitable for instrument parts.
My instruments are non traditional in a number of ways and most of them are travel oriented. If that interests you you might have a look at:
I've done this before. However, I prefer to get a billet or plank about 2" thick, about 6" wide by 38"+ long. I then resaw it to thinner stock, sticker and stack it as Ken spoke about. Having the larger board to start with allows me to be more selective about wood grain etc.
Where are you located? Ken is right that a lot of Amish communities have a sawmill or two who will often do this sort of log to board operations
There are certainly builders who will work with your wood, but it needs to be cut and cured (dried) properly. Your "tree cutters" can cut the trunk into logs about 3-4 ft long. Hopefull the good parts of the tree are 8"-10" in diameter. But unless the "cutters' work for a sawmill, they won't have any idea of what to do beyond that. A local sawmill, or someone with a large band saw, can then slice the logs into planks of varying widths and ideally about 1/4" or 1/2" thick. These planks are then stacked together with spacers to allow air in between the planks, and allowed to air dry slowly (out of the sun) for 6 months or so before they can be used for building instruments or anything.
updated by @gwyn-calvetti: 06/08/16 09:24:05PM