Anyhow to the tree-he won this tree in a raffle in a northern California bonsai convention. As you can see it's not really an exciting piece of material. The trunk has very little movement, and some reverse taper just about in the middle. The branches are not in the best position and the foliage is way out on the ends of the branches. There is quite a bit of shari on the trunk which we will make use of and enhance. What you see now is actually an improvement-the tree was cut back pretty hard about 6 months ago so promote some back buds.
The reverse taper is very evident in the above picture. We're going to try to eliminate it and create a little taper throughout the trunk by carving with a variety of power carving tools. Mostly I'll use a die grinder with a variety of bits.
The carving is done for now. I'm going to let the wood dry and harden and after a year or so will do some more detailed carving to remove the tool marks and to enhance the natural aging of the wood. The last thing I'll do today is to use some guy wires to pull the primary branches into a better position. This fall the branches can be wired and placed into better positions.
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