We love dogs, but that has nothing to do with our obsession with bark seams - one of our favorite kind of imperfections in our timbers. They occur in the crotch (Beevis and Butthead are soooo proud right now) of the tree. The crotch is where a tree splits either into a separate trunk or into a branch.
In a bark seam, cross-graining and tight growth lines, knots and other rich characteristics are fairly common. It’s one of the most unpredictable and unique features in wood, and just the kind of thing that gets our hearts racing.
And so now, you may forever look at trees differently.