Welcome to the first post of 2013!
Let’s get to work, shall we?
This hornbeam (carpinus caroliniana)
was a gift from a friend. He said I might be able to figure out how to style it.
I must exude more confidence than I feel sometimes, I guess.
Anyway, here’s the two sides and the back:
There are a lot of branches. WOW.
What he has done is basically maintained the silhouette and the canopy. And kept it alive in that, shall we say, unorthodox container ( I think it’s a kitty litter tray).
Some good details and some bad:
Some old wire scarring. Which tells me that I will have to be careful with this one and all the wire I’m going to put on this (Oh boy will this be wired. I’ll be able to “tune in Tokyo” with this one)
Time for some root hook action.
It is a bit early for me to be doing this as far as my normal practice goes. I usually like to wait for the buds to just start to swell (Why? It’s because I like to see if I killed the tree. Honestly)
Also, I will probably cause it to break dormancy by working on it now and a tree like this needs dormancy or it will just fizzle out and die. This one lost its leaves a month ago so it has had some dormancy. And there is actually some new growth on it. So I don’t want to wait too long.
This seems like a good point for some info on hornbeams.
Some more common names are “ironwood” and “musclewood”
It is a very hard wood used for tool handles and such. When working on it make sure your tools are sharp and you use the right tool for the job. And the right size tool as well.
The tree doesn’t tend to heal well with big cuts so it might be a better idea to incorporate the cut into the design.
Ok, back to work…
And that is not the front I have been looking at for months. Hmmmmm.
The most important part of the tree is the nebari. When styling a tree this is the first thing we look at.
This, then, is the front.
The structure is a little unconventional as far as bonsai design is concerned.
Its taller than the current tastes. But I think it’s very natural looking. In this one I tried to make my bonsai look like a tree and not make my tree look like a bonsai. (That’s a John Naka quote).
I think it has a dynamic quality to it. The movement of the main trunk tells a story. At some point the tree was bent; maybe a hurricane or tornado moved it. And nature has a way of trying to balance itself.
I’m glad it’s in my collection. Thanks Rob. Gonna need a pot for it next year.