Limber Pine First Styling-

Michael Hagedorn

Those of you following the threads surrounding the publication of Bonsai Heresy have maybe also noticed a lag in posts this month. With relief I can report the book is off to the designer and my duties are downgraded to thumbs up or thumbs down for a few weeks.

In the interim we styled a limber pine with a lyrical trunk line. I collected this tree a couple years back.

Enjoy the photo essay-

Limber pine before any work-

The front and inclination we chose-

After cutting off old needles in preparation for wiring-

The team for the day: John (apprentice, on the left), Kevin, and Alan.

After a bit of time, you may notice that pine bark will dry up, crack, and fall off with little persuasion. You can do much of this with fingers. Maybe a bit of light crushing with a pliers. This is distinctly different from juniper…

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