Greg Adams and I spent the last two days at a primitives show in Troy, Ohio. In our planning I mentioned to him that I wanted to pick up a skinny six foot artificial Christmas tree to display new line of holiday ornaments. He protested that he did not want an artificial tree in our display. I agree. I’ve never even entertained the thought of having a fake tree until now. I assumed (One should never do that) that the show wouldn’t allow a fresh tree.
Greg emailed me a few days later to let me know that he had our tree. As a willow furniture maker he spends m ore time harvesting buidling material that he does building. He has relationships with landowner, within in a huge territory, where he is allowed to harvest natural materials. One one of these properties he cut — Indiana’s only native evergreen — a small eastern red cedar.
The tree was unusual (as a Christmas tree) in that the branches are very upright and the trunk was very thin — broomstick size at the base . It was also a very light and bright green
The tree was perfect in so many ways. It was tall, thin and spindly (in a good way). It was fresh and very flexible. It had loads of room to allow ornaments to hang.
This tree was the hit of the show. I wish we had brought a dozen. We spent more time talking about the tree than we did our artwork. Many folks couldn’t believe that it was real. It seemed too delicate and flexible.
One women knew immediately what it was and explained that as a child they cut roadside cedars as Christmas trees. She added that they often grow in pairs and have a flat side. This allows the tree to be displayed very close to the wall.
As Greg predicted we didn’t have to take the tree home. As we were loading out a woman bought it for a show she is doing next weekend.