When two saplings start to grow close together they can often compete for light and water. It causes them to grow quickly becoming very tall, but thin and weak. If you were to look inside a tree like that the heart wood would be neither strong or have any particular beauty.
In a managed woodland these trees would be thinned out so that one sapling is given all the resources to grow into a beautiful mature tree. It possesses a majesty and presence that catches the eye and is admired. The heart wood is strong and stable. The grain is straight and dependable. It is used for construction or sturdy furniture possessing strength and a grain that is pleasing to the eye.
However, sometimes the saplings are close enough to be pressured by their environment to join forces, to become something more than they could be on their own. They start to grow together, the bark combines the trunks twist and unite like a grafted tree. Two sets of roots become one. Two trunks become united and together they create a unique and unusual feature, the canopy spreading out as if the two saplings were always meant to be one tree. If you were to look inside this tree, at the heart wood, you would find amazing, swirling grain that curls and twists together creating stunningly beautiful features that are highly prized by skilful woodsmiths who can expose that beauty. This wood is not used for construction or standard furniture, it’s too precious for mundane use. Instead, it is set aside until it’s stunning properties compel a unique project that will showcase the individuality of its features. This wood is much more than functional or decorative. It is art!