Wednesday, October 27, 2010

first steps on new black pine #4

some more pictures taken with full sun.
Milking fat over the area where the bark broke open because of ruthless bending. this is the stuff that farmers put onto the tits of the cows. Very cheap!
Walter did some cosmetic on a stump up on the trunk.
then we carried the tree to the are where it will stay for about ten months or more.
If it looks happy by late summer next year we could start styling the crown.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nobody seems to have noticed, so I'll bite: what's the story on the dead branch "growing" out of the deadwood you just made? Do you intend to keep it? Maybe bend it into another position?

Walter Pall said...

This branch is original deadwood. It has a clear strong spriral and the texture is extremely good. This will stay. Story? No idea. It cannot be bent, it is probably 100 years old. It would brake even under steam. I don't mind this one crossing the trunk. This is a tree. It has no clue about bonsai rules.
The 'crossing the trunk' rule is an invention. It is an acquired, learned taste. It can be unlearned. It does not bother me.

Anonymous said...

It's not the crossing of the trunk itself that bothers me - I've never been big on the "rules" - it's the whole appearance. I guess I still have some unlearning to do. ;-) That being said, it would really surprise me if you left it as it is. I would shorten it considerably, or, with the help of some steam, bend it into some other direction, creating some interesting movement. Then again, I'm looking forward to seeing it incorporated in the overall design. Be sure to keep us posted. ;-)

Michael said...

Do you think the crack would have occurred if you used raffia?

Walter Pall said...

It may well be that I change the thing eventually. But now is not the time. First the new deadwood has to age. Then the crown will get styled. And then the tre will be planted in a new angle. After all this then I will redecide. Or not.

Walter Pall said...

I believe the crack wold have occured with raffia as well, the way I wanted to bend this. Raffiia often just hides a crack. So what is the difference? I did this a few times and usually it worked well. We'll see. But, as I wrote already, if the top dies it's not a big deal. I was going to almost cut it off already.

kestutisg said...

Looking at the "before" pictures and trying to guess what would you do, somehow I thought that you would pick as a front the views in one of the "before" pictures (links below).

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jI07RPVEgbI/TMLWucL_gGI/AAAAAAAAogM/0pOfS5J_Y74/s1600/PSC_0896v.jpg
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jI07RPVEgbI/TMLXVy1FO1I/AAAAAAAAogs/hbEvt3p41jA/s400/PSC_0898v.jpg

Granted these 2 views would not present the jin in the best angle, but somehow the trunk movement seems more dynamic and believable and the rather straight section in the lower trunk is less pronounced. If the trunk has been bent by nature as violently as it is (mid-trunk), then the tree overall cannot grow directly upward and should somehow slant to the side. Could you please comment what were the pros/cons that lead you to the chosen front?

Walter Pall said...

Kestutis,

I chose the 'front' at the moment because the nebari is impressive, the deadwood looks good and the trunk line looks good. There is no other side from which all these look good at one time. The crown can easily be styled into any direction. The deadwood branch in question crosses the trunk. We will see what we do really in one or two years. I often choose the final front after final styling. This brings goose pimples to traditionalists, but it is actually that way.

Philipp Reinfurt said...

I have tried the same with deadwood on my tree, but it wasn´t the right tree:-(
you can see it on my blog.
I would be happy if you comment my work, walter.

Philipp

Marius said...

Hey walter! Is the tree still healthy? Would be great to see further development, although summer has not ended yet. greets MArius

Walter Pall said...

The tree is very healthy. The part that I have bent is growing like nothing ever happened. In late summer it will be brought one step furter. We'll report, don't worry.