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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