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White pine jin placement

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I've wired and bent newly exposed jins on pines and junipers for only a few months, and it stayed in position.  Don't think you'd need t steam new jins in order to bend them from what I've seen.

Nice job styling btw ;)

Chris, that was part of my thoughts when I asked the question above. I'm guessing and Dan can confirm, that the new Jin was thick and not bending easy.....

Dan thanks for the reply.

Dan James:
Thanks for your thoughts everyone,

The  reason that I decided to steam bend was that the new jin was really large and stiff, the old jin was dry and brittle.

In response to Adair, I have to agree that the jin(s) might just be too long and straight. I decided to take a baby step, by moving it above the branch line, and l might decide to reduce it later, just don't know yet. Thanks for your input.

What does everyone else thing about those jins? Should they be shortened?

I do. The old one a little...the new one by a lot... It is too long and straight.

I'll ask the same questions that I would ask of myself if it were mine:

* Is the jin a dead branch?  A dead trunk?  What does that say about the tree?
* Does the jin add to overall composition?  Does it detract?
* Does the jin give the appearance of great age?
* Can the tree be improved?  Does that include the jin?
I think "white pine final-small.jpg" really shows the tree well.  I think more movement to the lower jin would improve it, whether that be with bending or light carving.  Perhaps try to mimic the movement of the lower trunk?


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