The monthly mini competition on merlins-beard is to build your best tree. I find trees very difficult to get looking good. I think for me 'best tree' is something that I will always be chasing, but never quite get! Anyway, is a tree, probably not a best tree, but one I'm pretty happy with. I tried a new technique based on this design by Brother Steven. I like it as it uses pieces that are common and easy to find, and I think looks quite effective.