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I started working in a bonsai olive summer. After taking the tree house and let new shoots grow out, telegraphed that I needed and removed the rest. A year later, I’m doing the same.
olive bonsai – a year of training
The idea is to establish the main branches. Once connected, let them grow so they can thicken.
I have also started working on dead wood. The top several inches of the trunk were straight and uninteresting, especially compared to the lower areas of the trunk. I would put out of work, as I know olive deadwood can be difficult. Boon showed me a tip to make the job easier.
Using a hammer and chisel deadwood olive
I like the technique of hammer and chisel as wood will mostly detached along the grain of the wood. This helps maintain a natural feel and reduces the number of tool marks left behind. I took about 2/3 of the straight section – will come further in the future. Here is the tree after reduction of deadwood and wiring of the main branches.
After trimming, wiring and dead wood working – 17.5 “
By now the branches have a lot of growing to do’ll work. in dead wood again sometime and I’ll replant the tree, either this winter or next.
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