90 Year-Old Black Pine Wired by Bobby Curttright-

Michael Hagedorn

This Japanese Black Pine, Pinus thunbergii, was wired by Bobby Curttright. Bobby has been my apprentice for over 2 1/2 years now, and his wiring is becoming quite accomplished. The necessary fine attention to detail reaches a level of nerd-dom with the best wire wranglers. He’s been a quick study with it, and his organization and placement continue to build layers of complexity.

DSC_0358 Black Pine wired by Bobby Curttright, 16″ / 41 cm.

Bobby managed this Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) for the past year, which means decandling in spring, selecting shoots and needles in the fall, and then wiring in the dormant season. About a year ago I did a major pruning on the tree. But since that time I’ve not touched it and it’s been Bobby’s project.

1439945739569 Bobby (in stripes, naturally) for a Village photo shoot.

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