Tag Archives: Shari

Deadwood bending, trial by fire

Let me stand next to your FIRE!  Recently, I was tasked with some juniper carving. Usually one does that with a pair of Jin pliers and maybe an exacto knife. But ain’t nobody got time for that now. And I … Continue reading

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Is it really necessary to do that? 

Yes, it is.  Let me show you.     It’s a podocarpus.  It’s tall.  It’s full.  It’s boring. It was styled in a time when bonsai trees were taller. The vaunted 6:1 ratio that the bonsai elite quote as canon … Continue reading

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Carving a Japanese Black Pine and a Podocarpus

The two trees. Podocarpus Black pine The podocarpus you’ve seen before at the Epcot Flower and Garden Show in 2013. It belongs to my friend Bobby, in fact, they both do. He wants me to carve on them and give … Continue reading

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The advantage of starting with a better tree

This time I’m starting off with a really good specimen that I picked up from D&L Nursery up near Ocala (great people, great trees, if you get a chance to visit I highly suggest it. Their website is http://www.dlnursey.com). Here’s … Continue reading

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Carving interesting deadwood into a buttonwood

This is the second tree I carved at my friend Bobby’s house, it’s a buttonwood. When one thinks of buttonwood one thinks deadwood. Most buttonwood bonsai we see have been collected from the wild, more specifically, in the Florida Keys. … Continue reading

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Refining a deadwood feature on a podocarpus

My friend Bobby asked me over to do some carving. Me, always willing to work on a tree, of course, said yes. All my friends live a long way away. Bobby’s about an hour away, which is not bad. My … Continue reading

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