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Thanks so much for the feedback. I’ll look for that saw at walmart and I live in central Arkansas so I’m surrounded by them.

Maple: I will definitely be planning on some sort of layering to develop interesting nerabi. I’m not sure which should be the 1st branch, or if either are in a good position, branch selection may have to wait for the nerabi? Either way I just dug the tree a few weeks ago but Its already pushing lots of new growth. I'll probably wait until after the leaves drop this fall to reduce the trunk height.

Azalea: I don’t know that I could thicken one of the trunks enough for there to be more variety in trunk size. I would like to space them apart a little more though so the trunks aren’t so congested and it would make them different heights also. I drew some pictures last night when my internet was on the fritz. I actually repotted the azalea this year and removed all of the left over clay soil so I probably won’t cram 2X4s in between the trunks until this fall.

These are my plans as of now, and here is another tree I have been playing with that is still in the ground. Its a big holly stump.

Here are a couple of trees with slight bends in the bases. I'm not sure what they are. I included a picture of the foliage.

This is a maple I decided to put some movement in. We'll see how it turns out.

One last tree for now. I don't know that I could ever get this sucker out but its interesting none-the-less. Little brother for scale.

This is the last one for now. The tree has backbuds about 3 feet up the trunk and I think it might backbud if i chop it just below the lowest real branch. Or I may try to graft some JBP around the base. What do you think?

This is the last one for now. I marked other plants this past winter but I wasn't wearing proper attire for walking along the river.


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