Here is the tree before work started.
The first step is to prepare the trunk for bending. I begin by wrapping wet raffia tightly around the trunk being careful to overlap each turn so that there are no gaps.
After the raffia wrapping, I placed three large wires parallel to each other on the trunk to give added support to the area to be bent.
I then add more raffia on top of the wires at the areas where there will be the most stress. A piece of rebar is then placed on the trunk being tied on at the place where we want the bend to be . Because of the thickness of the trunk we need the extra leverage provided by the rebar.
Using the bar for leverage I make the first bend. I do this slowly and carefully listening for any cracking sounds. This is one slight cracking noise just before I stopped but it should be no problem. Its not the first crack that is of concern but the second one right after the first.
At this stage I use a guy wire from the tree to the top of the pot to hold the trunk in this position. I removed the rebar to reposition it for the next bend.
Now I will use the guy wire to pull the trunk even closer to the pot. After I get it into the desired position I lightly trim and wire all the branches, and position them . You can see the difference from the above picture.
This same technique can be used on pines, junipers and other trees as well.
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