Todays post will focus on sculpting a large collected Crepe Myrtle that was dug up during a landscape job a couple of years ago. Sometimes the guys that work for me will get it in their head that something will make a good bonsai, so they'll bring it back to the nursery. This is the story of one such "rescued from the dump "tree. It's usually something big and this is no exception. As you can see in the first photo there is not too much that suggests this material would make a good bonsai. This is approximately a year and a half after being dug up. The tree is obviously recovering well. As you can see though the trunk is just a massive piece of wood with no movement and not a lot of taper. It does have the typical multi colored muscular looking bark that adds interest to the tree, as well as pretty pink flowers.
There still isn't much to recommend this as a bonsai. It does have a very strong root base, it's large and it flowers but at this point that's about it.
After a little more branch pruning it still doesn't look like much more than a log with some branches. There are two major chainsaw cuts that need to be dealt with somehow and then we need to figure out a way to add some interest to that big straight trunk.
Now its several months later and time to do something with this tree. It'll never be a bonsai if I do nothing so I don't have anything to lose by trying. The only solution I can see is to try and create some interest by carving and sculpting the trunk. Doing so will not only disguise the large chainsaw cuts but hopefully add some new dimensions to the trunk to take away from the "loggyness" of it.
First using a piece of chalk I outlined the areas that I plan on carving as seen in the photos below.
Below are some of the power tools and bits to be used for the carving.
Starting with the big disc on the grinder I go in and do the initial large removal and basic roughing out of the areas to be carved.
Then, using a variety of bits, more wood is removed and shape is added.
This was originally to be the front, now I'm not so sure.
I hope you enjoyed today's post. I'd love to hear whether you think it has a future as a bonsai or a fire log. Let me know. Until next time...