Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Manzanita Branch Form

Manzanita Branches tend to be fan-shaped, meaning they are wide when viewed from the front or back, and skinny when viewed from the sides. Here's a 36-42" Natural Manzanita Branch viewed from the front:

And here's the very same branch viewed from the side:

What this means is that if you want an arrangement that looks similar from any angle, you'll need to use 2-3 Manzanita Branches per display. However, you can also embrace the look and form of the single Manzanita Branch. Here are some compelling reasons why you might want to do so: 

1.  The unique form of each branch will stand out. When you combine branches, the form of the individual branches gets obscured. Instead of a lone tree in the middle of a pasture, its form highlighted against the horizon, you end up with a forest. 

2. The same centerpiece will look dramatically different when viewed from different angles. As the viewer moves about the room, the appearance of the same display will change significantly, allowing he or she to interact with it in a way that wouldn't be possible with a classic symmetrical display.  

3. You'll save a lot of money on your displays. Because they are so expensive to ship, Manzanita Branches are just about the most expensive branch available. If you are making a lot of displays, cutting down on the number of Manzanita Branches you use can really add up.

4. You'll avoid having to match and combine branches. Every Manzanita Branch is different and it can be tricky finding branches that look like they go together. When we prepare our cases of three Manzanita Branches, we spend a whole lot of time trying to find branches that look just right together.

The moral of the story is that the asymmetry of Manzanita Branches isn't necessarily something that needs to be compensated for, but instead is an attribute that can work to your advantage.  

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