Thursday, November 26, 2009

hornbeam # 12

This is a European hornbeam, Carpinus betulus. It was collected in Germany by Wolfgang Kaeflein in 1994. I got it in 1996 as stump with no branches. When I brought it home the guy who was my assistant at that time said in all earnest 'this will never ever become a decent bonsai'. Well, just to prove him wrong I planted it into my growing field and let the top grow freely to thicken the ridiculously thin top. In April 2005 the big harvest started. It seemed impossible for a while to get this monster out of the ground. We (David and WP)ruined a neighbor's tree by attaching the band for the wrench. Finally it was mad much smaller and ended in this mica Pot. In April 2007 the next big design day came. And now in November 2009 it starts to look really good. I will now probably find a good final pot for it. Next spring it should be ready for the very first exhibit. A long way indeed. But worth it all. The hornbeam is slightly too large for my taste. But as centerpiece for a large garden or exhibit it would be great. The back side is almost as good as the front, as to be expected for a bonsai in the naturalistic style. This makes it a great centerpiece to walk around. Well, maybe I will donate it to the Botanical Garden Munich one day.


6 comments:

Sebastijan Sandev said...

Well, this looks very fine to me, this is an interesting project. I think that the tree has good movement and texture of bark in basal part and to the middle third, almost to the half way up, but, what I don't like is that apical third of the trunk that is obviously young branch with young bark, and pretty much the same diameter all the way up. Of course, that is not visible when the tree is in leaves, but the winter image suffers. What do you think, would it be good to cut that apical branch to one third of lenght and recreate smaller branches in one or two seasons. That is very easily achievable, don't you think so.
I think that the image will be more powerful as a result of stronger diameter change towards the apex.
Greetings sensei.

Walter Pall said...

Sebastijan,

yes, it should be possible to lower the top. But this would throw me back five years. This tree is too big for me. I want to trade or sell this tree. So I am not too keen to do this now.

WP

Bonsaime said...

Hi,

Very good job. It's fantastic.

Andrija Zokic said...

Looks great! This tree is telling us how much nebari can be important for creating bonsai.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful .......... you are a true artist . I love it .

Mario said...

Carpinus extremely good! 15 years is a great influence on his appearance. I love this tree, nebari powerful and strong character. The height of the tree is proportional to the strength of his character ... Respect Walter ...