Pruning the apple tree can have many benefits besides a better crop of apples. Great practice can be had by turning an apple branch into a number of file handles or log of apple into a mallet. You suddenly appreciate the difference between green and seasoned wood. The aesthetic impact of leaving a little bark since branches are never perfectly round and the bark becomes a non uniform oval shape. The wood grain takes on a wonderful 3-dimensional quality with an incredible variety patterns observed from different aspects.