Today I'm going to talk about another large overgrown nursery juniper and how rebar is used to create a bonsai. It's another Chinese Juniper that came from a nursery that rents plants to the movie industry. To give you an idea of how big it is the table it's sitting is 3 feet in diameter.
After a little more branch removal two trunks going in separate directions are revealed. Not really ideal for bonsai purposes. Here is one view.
The first step involves wrapping the trunk where we want to bend it in raffia. Then we applied two lengths of 5 mm aluminum wire to the back side of the area to be bent. Those were tied on with a couple of small pieces of raffia then another full layer of raffia was applied to insure that there were no gaps. If any gaps are left and parts of the trunk are not supported by the raffia, breakage is apt to incur at those points. Being sure the raffia overlaps itself the whole length to be bent, gives even support throughout against the pressure required to make the bend.
Looking at this picture below it becomes obvious that we won't be using both trunks. That sling shot looking vee is not attractive at all. It looks like the trunks are trying to run from each other.
I'm going to attach a piece of rebar to the trunk at the point I want to bend and use it as leverage to make the bend.
Here is the result of the work now. I have a couple of options for the front which are what the arrows on the can are for.