If this tree could talk, what tales would it tell?

tree scars

What caused those large scars in the bark? Were they small and grew with the tree? Was it a willful attack on the tree and, if so, why? Did it hurt? What is the origin of that rusty nail or screw on the edge of the lefthand scar? Why is it there? There are other cuts and blemishes too. What makes people treat trees like this?


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