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recently had the opportunity to participate in a workshop led by Daisaku Nomoto. In the city of Miyazaki, Japan, to help with the exhibition BIB, Nomoto spent the day helping a handful of students with their trees. I spent most of the day with a white pine that had collected in BIB auction last year. This is what the tree looked like when I bought it.
white pine January 2013
And here is the tree a year later after removing a branch on the left side of the tree and letting the other branches regain some vigor.
white pine – January 2014
Looking closely at the details leads to an obvious question – what species has been grafted white pine here
Deadwood and grafts
bark and dead wood
I have since learned that Jimmy Inadomi made grafts, but no one is sure what. After a few hours of cutting and wiring, Nomoto helped me get the tree in shape.
Nomoto put up some (why long face?)
finishing touches This is how the finished tree.
white pine – Front
The tree is still a lot of work, but I am happy that the work has finally begun. I’ll clean more dead wood when I find time and again the trees in autumn when the growing season ends.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com