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lvillebonsai

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Carving Hollows
« on: November 18, 2009, 07:37 PM »
Ever since I saw some examples of carving out hollows by people like Walter Pall and Peter Adams, I've thought it's a great idea. I was just wondering if anyone could refer me to books/site/video that provides more insight into how to make convincing hollows.

One advantage to trying this, I think, is that it is a possible way to make a problem (like a big ugly branch in the wrong place), into an asset. But are there other motivations behind adding this feature to a tree?
 

Walter_Pall

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009, 01:41 AM »
Sure,

to make an otherwise boring tree exiting, to give it character.
See this European beech, Fagus sylvatica.

http://walter-pall.de/beecheuropean_beech_nr__7.jpg.dir/index.html
 

MatsuBonsai

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2009, 08:30 AM »
Not limited to hollows, but to carving in general: http://www.sidiao.com/

Lots of pictures in "My Book - Preview", some instruction under "Tools", and some good pictorials under "Class".
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 08:48 AM »
Sure,

to make an otherwise boring tree exiting, to give it character.
See this European beech, Fagus sylvatica.

http://walter-pall.de/beecheuropean_beech_nr__7.jpg.dir/index.html


Walter,

When is the best time to carry out this carving work?  The photo in your link where the carving is fresh looks to be late spring / early summer judging by the leaves.

Would the same timing apply to carving out a shari that you've created previously or can the carving be carried out at anytime because the wood is exposed?

Thanks

Paul
 

Walter_Pall

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 09:10 AM »
Paul,

the best time is in the active vegetation period. I think June would be a good time, but also July and August.

 

lvillebonsai

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 04:32 PM »
Thanks for the links and the tips!
 

lvillebonsai

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2009, 09:21 AM »
I came across this 5-minute video on carving that I found very insightful. And as Walter said, it seems to be carried out during the tree's growing season.



 

lvillebonsai

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2011, 07:37 PM »
I wonder what type of Dremmel attachment that is in the video. Does anyone know? Do they come in smaller sizes, too? What do others think about the technique used? Would you have approached the carving differently?
 

Matstao

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2011, 09:01 PM »
You can buy the tools Graham uses from his store:

http://www.kaizenbonsai.com/shop/index.php?cPath=23
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2011, 09:07 PM »
I believe (our very own?) Dale Cochoy sells those bits as well.
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2011, 11:38 AM »
I am looking at moving up to a die grinder from a dremmel and was looking for a US based seller for the bits that Graham Potter uses in that demonstration.  If anyone could direct me to a website, I'd appreciate that. Thanks!
Judy
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 12:18 PM »
Judy,

Graham is coing to the US in October for a week of work with private clients. I'm sure he'd be glad to bring some and we could mail them to you when he gets here. Of course, he sends orders to the US all the time now that I think of it.
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 11:14 AM »
I got mine from Dale Cochoy, he has a great selection.
 

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2011, 01:15 PM »
I sell these carvers, and MANY others, right here in the good 'ol US of A.
I have the LARGEST SELECTION of bonsai power wood carving tools for sale in the USA.

Dale
 

Matstao

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Re: Carving Hollows
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 07:41 PM »
Dale, how do I find your store?  I tried google, but it only led to old, broken links.  thanks.