Thursday, April 21, 2011

European hornbeam #15

European hornbeam, Carpinus betulus, collected in 2009. First image March 2010. Walter, Kolja and Martin brought it to the next level. I am very happy with this kind of material.

























3 comments:

Tom Kruegl said...

Walter, your blog just keeps getting better!

Dick van Dreven said...

Dear mister Pall,

About the works on your european hornbeam nr. 5 I had some questions.
I believe we were allways tought to make wounds on our trees more or less hollow, so they heal better and faster.
Wyn is it that the cuttingwounds on this tree are made convex instead of concaaf?
Is it because such large wounds will leave big scars anyway and this way you make it look naturally 'broken' off then tree and create jin or so?

Another question:
When ar you going to post a follow up on your new big austrian pine, that you got last fall?

Walter Pall said...

Dick,
The books tell you to close wounds on deciduos trees because this is absolutely a requirement in Japan. What I am doing is not acceptable to Japanese bonsai thinking. These big old trees with very thick branches and roots that we cut off will have huge wounds as you can see.
It is almost impossible to ever close these wounds. One could let the trees grow freely and cut back drastically every year over ten to twenty years and close most wounds. Unfortunately the trees would then loose much of their experienced character and look youngish again. And you would loose twenty years.
So we WANT big wounds and holes. But they must look natural, like something broke off and died back. It must not look like a person cut a round hole with a knob cutter. The wounds are not concave but convex. The edges of the wounds are not clear and straight but irregular. All this will make these tree look very experienced, with a lot of character.

The black pine is sitting and doing well. It has to recover from the drastic bend an almost nothing will happen this year.