Names carved in tree

Q: If I carved my name in a tree, where would the carving be if I came back to the tree several years later?

This question was provided by students from Ms. Tyus’ fifth-grade class at Benton Elementary.

“Trees grow at the tips of their branches instead of the base of the trunk, a carving in the tree would actually remain at the same height,” explains Eden Johnson, a graduate student of biological sciences at the University of Missouri.

The bark of the tree would also continue to grow as the tree trunk increases in diameter and might distort the carving. Remember, the bark is much like your skin; it protects the tree from the environment, so carving your name in a tree is never a good idea.

“Growth in plants occurs within groups of rapidly dividing cells called meristems,” Johnson notes. Most plants have apical meristems located on the tips of the green shoot and also on the tips of roots below ground. Think about tree branches in the spring; new growth always appears at the tips of the branches. The same growth pattern occurs in roots as apical meristems add new cells, making roots longer as they grow into the soil. “If we had root and shoot apical meristems, new growth would occur on the top of our heads and on the tips of our fingers and toes,” Johnson explains.

Plants are also able to grow in diameter. A young tree might have a diameter of 4 inches, but within 10 years, the diameter of the trunk will increase as the tree continues to grow. This is why trees have annual rings showing growth during each year.

This website is designed to spread awareness of why it is dangerous to carve into live trees. The truth is, no matter how attractive your name looks, it is very unhealthy for the tree if you carve it into its bark.
The outer bark of a tree is composed of dead tissue and protects the inner region from desiccation*, injury and disease. Unfortunately, when carving into the trunk of a tree the blade of a knife often penetrates the outer bark and cuts into the inner bark. Inner bark includes phloem* (which transports food made in the leaves to the rest of the tree), cork-producing cells (cork cambium), and cork* cells. If the phloem is damaged, fewer sugars made by the tree get transported to the roots. In cases that the phloem is damaged all the way around the trunk (in a ring for example), the tree will slowly and eventually starve to death.
However, there can be benefits to carving in trees, but only when done by professionals. U-M scientists will remove thousands of aspens using a technique called girdling*. By killing these trees scientists hope to determine how much heat-trapping carbon dioxide forests of the Upper Midwest will remove from the air in coming decades.
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The Roots of Tree Carving

For hundreds of years, people have been carving names, dates, and even pictures into trees. Not many records of ancient tree carvings have been found because the carvings usually only last as long as the life span of that particular tree.

Carvings like these are known as arborglyphs, and many were created on the bark of aspen trees, which was ideal because it could be scratched even with just a fingernail. Most aspens live to around 100 years, so relics older than that are quite rare.

Many tree carvings were romantic gestures of love, usually with initials or names, dates, and sometimes hearts. Many people would carve a message into a tree as a symbol of everlasting love, and visit it in years to come. Carving sweet messages into trees for loved ones is still common to do today.

Not every arborglyph was a message of love. Some, like this one carved in 1964, were made by lonely immigrant Basque shepherds in the western United States. These sheep herders had a lonesome job that didn’t give them any chances to make contact with people; so they carved names, phrases, and pictures into trees to pass the time and make a record of themselves. The Basque people carved many messages into trees when they were feeling miserable and lonely, such as “Hurrah for the sheepherders and those who have the guts to stay here.”

Photo taken in Idaho by Greg Harness.

Tree carvings can even tell the stories of soldiers. Messages from WWII soldiers, for example, have been found carved into trees from the places they traveled to. The soldiers wanted to leave something permanent behind, in case they did not come back from the war. The messages on the trees were often of religious script, their own names, dates, or the names of their loved ones. The carvings done by soldiers can reveal a lot about what they were thinking and feeling during the war. Chantel Summerfield studied the effects of WWII on the soldiers, and how they communicated their feelings through tree carvings. Read more about her research here.

The tradition of tree carving is one that has stuck around, and will probably continue to do so. However, cutting into trees can lead to disturbing of the tree’s flow of nutrients that it needs to survive. Below the layer of bark there are cells in the tree that help the tree grow and stay healthy, and destruction of those cells could harm the tree. At Picture It Personal, we preserve your thoughtful sentiments without damaging the trees; every letter and number is digitally created by hand. If you’re thinking of carving a tree as a romantic gesture, please visit our tree collection for a great alternative- a realistic digital “carving” which you can enjoy throughout the year. We hope to see you soon at Picture It Personal!

Ahhh, goodbye Christmas and New Year! Silhouette and Cricut small business owners, it’s time to start thinking to Valentine’s Day. Today, I’m showing you how to create a carved initial tree trunk design with personalized initials. I think the design style is perfect for a ceramic tile, wood sign, or a card.

Design Tutorial: Tree Trunk with Personalized Initials in Silhouette Studio

You’ll need these three fonts (or similar ones) to complete this tutorial:

  • Peoni Patterns – 100% free for personal and commercial use .
  • Brankovic – 100% free for personal and commercial use .
  • MTF Heart Doodle – Free for personal use, $5 donation for commercial use .
  1. In Silhouette Studio, type the letter ‘e’ using the Peoni Patterns font. (Note: You can also use the ‘d’. It’s a slightly different tree pattern.)
  2. Resize your trees as needed.
  3. Type a ‘c’ in the MTF Heart Doodle font and size it to fit the middle tree. Rotate it as desired.
  4. Use the eraser tool to erase any tree detail from underneath your heart. (Be sure that the eraser is set to ‘Outline’ and not ‘Solid’.)
  5. Add the initials and a + sign inside the heart using the Brankovic font.
  6. Fill the design with any color and change the line color to the same color as the fill. (Tip: If your design won’t fill with color, double click the line of the design and single click on any red circles to close the path. For the middle tree, I had to first right click on it and ‘Make Compound Path’, then single click the red circles to close the path.)
    When you are finished with this step, your design should look like this:
  7. Select the middle tree, then the heart, then the initials. (Tip: Hold down the ‘Shift’ key to select multiple objects at once.) Navigate to ‘Object’, ‘Modify’, ‘Subtract’.

That’s it! Your design should now be ready to cut.

But what if you want more trees? If you want to make the design a rectangle instead of square, type an ‘e’ in the Peoni Patterns font and resize it to the same size as the first trees. Then, overlap the edges of the trees very slightly.

Select both objects by holding down the shift button. Then, right click and select ‘Weld’. Your trees should have filled in with color. You can also do this during step 1 if you’d like to have a rectangle design with the carved initial on the biggest tree. If you are cutting a rectangle set of trees, be sure to resize your mat to fit the design.

I think this design will be great for personalized Valentine’s Day products.

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Why You Should Stop Carving on Trees

After a summer of hiking and camping in the beautiful little nooks of Colorado’s wilderness, a common question kept creeping into my consciousness – what the hell is on all these trees? It seemed like every other tree along the trail was littered with the love-soaked J+A=4eva or the ever-popular so and so was here declarations. People everywhere were carving trees and this was maddening.

I found this infuriating not only because it actually damages the tree, but also because it’s just a pointless lack of respect for nature and for life. If you’ve ever dropped in to a back bowl in the dead of winter or gotten caught in a downpour on a backpacking trip, you’re well aware that nature doesn’t belong to you. It could care less who you are, that you’re here, or who you’re =4eva with. It should be respected. Would you walk into your friend’s house and start carving your name into their walls? Please then, I beg you, treat nature like you’d treat your friend’s house.

If you’re not convinced by the lovey-dovey trees have feelings argument, enter science. While it can’t chase you down after you cut into it with a knife, trees are actual living organisms that are affected by these carvings. Tree bark is similar to our skin. The outer layer of bark contains dead tissue that acts as a protective layer for the vital vascular system that makes up the inner bark. When carving a live tree, the blade is likely to cut through the outer bark and cut into the inner bark. The inner bark contains living tissue called the phloem which carries nutrients, mainly sucrose, made during photosynthesis to all parts of the tree (leaves, branches, etc). If this vital vascular structure is damaged, it cuts off the supply of nutrients causing it to eventually starve to death. Cutting into the bark can also damage the xylem which transports water and nutrients from the roots up to the rest of the tree. Much like the phloem, cutting into this conductive tissue stops nutrients from getting to the other areas of the tree. Wherever the cut has penetrated the xylem, that area of the tree will die which can eventually kill the entire tree.

So you see, something you think is as simple as scribbling your initials in a tree on the side of a trail can have lasting effects on the entire ecosystem around it. So next time you venture out into the wild, leave your knife in your pocket and just enjoy actually being in nature. We all know you were here, you Instagrammed it, hashtagged #naturelover, and threw a filter on it. So leave the trees be, leave the knife in your pocket, and show some respect for this wonderful world we are so fortunate to explore.

Ferngully was right you guys!

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