Here is one of the best trees in my neighborhood. Furniture in the raw. This is a tulip poplar. Poplar is easy to work with hand tools and has few knots.
This tree you can see, has no side branches for thirty feet. This means it will produce a maximum of clear lumber.
Growing in this spot without much competition, helped the tree to grow straight and tall without twisting and fighting for upper story light. It has fought its way to the sun by growing tall quickly, and now dominates its neighbors.