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worked on this tree a few years ago, probably 2006 or 2007. I found the pictures the other day and it was like rediscovering an old acquaintance. Boon Manakitivipart was kind enough to give me some work soon after my return from apprentice in Japan. This was one of the trees in his backyard offered.
This was a work day. curious tree, I think it’s pretty Chinese in feeling. I still remember working on it, starting the jins to create, natural deadwood, un-carved. They were so dry that sounded like firecrackers. Boon made a little nervous, I think. And still I have the shirt he wore that day …
This is a western juniper, which is a rapid development, strong species. Like most junipers there is some variability in the habit foliage, if loose or tight and long legs and refined. It tends to grow as bonsai foliage preferred scale. Its best features are a nice color without bark, which is rich brown to salmon, and roots and very strong buds.
This article was originally published on http://crataegus.com/2011/10/01/western-juniper-styling/