Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Austrian black pine #11

Austrian black pine, Pinus nigra austriaca, collected in Austria in 1998. The first image is of 2001 when i got this tree. It seemed a hopeless case right from the outset. I got it for scrap value as an add-on in a trade. The stiff trunk went to the wrong side. I split it and bent it with brute force. It was for sale all this time. Now, eight years later it all of a sudden shines and is not for sale anymore. Tough luck!


Anonymous said...

what a magnificent evolution that is. Once again it proves of your great insight in the development of bonsai, your great eye for detail, and your endless creativity. Truly experience at work here :)


ATHENRYE said...

Hello Walter,

once more you have proven that you are truly a master in terms of working with challenging material.

If you will excuse me, I'd like to ask you a technical question about bending such an enormous trunk as in the case of this black pine.
As far as I see it, you can either split the trunk as you've shown in the example above, or you can try to hollow it with a grinder (as you have illustrated in one of your postings in a Bonsai forum).

Do you think, that there is a general advantage in one of the two methods or are both equally siuted for bending thick trunks?

Thanks a lot!

Walter Pall said...


both methods are fine. But they both have the disadvantage of a big wound which will always be there. The split on this pine will never really look natural. The best thing is to just bend with brute force. Thsi is not possible in most cases. Scpots pines can be bent like this.
A fourth method is to cut out a cake piece horizontally and clap the trunk. I have done this with Scots pines and mugos. This is the best method, but pretty risky.


somegeek said...

The progression images you post are in valuable. Thanks for sharing.