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Preparation of a black pine for exhibit

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Shortly before Bay Island Bonsai exhibition last month, Boon said there was room for more trees if I was interested. I looked around my backyard for candidates and found that one of my black pines had filled well after decandling the previous year. I brought it to the workshop to see if they had a chance.

As the needles looked good, the tree would be nice if I had time to wire ahead of the exhibition. I had not planned to show the tree until two or three years as I just pulled the first branches on both sides and was halfway through the reduction of the crown, but I thought it was worth a try. We replanted the tree on the ground with a Japanese pot that had brought just in case.

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A masked Daisaku Nomoto checks the angle of sowing

The tree was pretty basic, two years ago, and the crown too large (see “big cuts” for details).

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January 2011

is filled with a bit since then, but it was very tall and slim just a week before the show.

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January 2013

Some work clamp, cable and a small number of cuts later, the tree was ready to go.

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A week later

The silhouette is still some work, but the new angle of planting leads to an interesting question – it was doing tree point, and why? For some thoughts on the subject, see “Viewing a juniper Shimpaku” exhibition last year.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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