This post will mostly be pics with some brief discussions and justifications as there is just gobs (and gobs) of info out there about tridents and I’d just be duplicating it all.
What I’ll focus on is the different approach I’ll be using with this tree.
What’s odd about the tree is the double trunk aspect of it.
It quite obviously gives it an unusual look to it, with very much some bit of obverse taper as well.
I think that the age of the tree gives it the right to have somewhat of a thickening in the middle, though.
If you actually (really and truly) observe some really old trees in nature you will notice a distinct lack of taper in them.
Especially a deciduous tree.
But I have a feeling that no matter what justifications and examples I use when styling this tree, there will be those who say that it’s not very bonsai-ish.
I’m the artist now, aren’t I?
The idea is pretty straightforward:
I’m cutting for ramification and taper.
“But didn’t you just say that taper didn’t happen on old trees, Adam?”
On the trunk, not usually (I know that some of you out there have googled “old trees” and you’re ready to email me with examples of old tapering trees, go ahead) but the branches will taper. (Go ahead, look at Google images again).
And since I don’t have a tapering trunk to force the perspective visually, I must use the branches.
It will make the tree seem taller this way and it’ll shift the viewer’s angle to a “far view” tree instead of the current fad of “near view” trees.
Now, even after all that, I think I’ll do some really controversial styling.
There are some spots that I think can be enhanced with the addition of hollows and Shari.
The idea is that the tree will rollover the hollow areas I carved and there will be spooky dark holes for all kinds of scary creatures to live in.
Which is a characteristic of many old, deciduous trees.
Now a little root pruning (it is February in Florida. You might do the root pruning at a different time than I do. Check your local listings for show times).
I don’t have a pot large enough for this tree so it’ll have to go back into this mixing tub.
This is how it is currently situated:
This is how I’d like it to sit:
A wee bit of root chopping:
Some new soil.
And viola (or “Bob’s yer uncle” or “stick a fork in it, it’s done):
To prove that I’m not slipping, I left one branch that I could wire, so I did:
And the inevitable sketch-
I fertilized the tree to push some growth.
If you’re trying for ramification though, it’s not a good idea to fertilize in the spring. You want slower growth so the internodes are shorter.
In this case I want excessive growth to speed up the healing on those branch chops and to give me options to start on some good branch selection.
And to give me something to wire too.
My hands are shaking, I’m going through wiring withdrawal.