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MatsuBonsai

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First styling of a Western Juniper
« on: November 04, 2009, 07:01 PM »
Back in May at Boon's Bonsai Intensive we started working on this Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis).  I posted about how we chose a front and started the major bend, here.

Pictures before work started and after bending, May 2009.
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Re: First styling of a Western Juniper
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2009, 07:07 PM »
On October 31st, 2009 I completed my 9th and final Bonsai Intensive.  The tree responded well after the bend and put on quite a bit of growth.  My final task was to give this tree some style.

Picture 1 was how the tree looked after a good growing season.
Picture 2, work has started.
Picture 3, hard at work.
Picture 4, all wired top down view.
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Re: First styling of a Western Juniper
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2009, 07:09 PM »
And finally, all styled and slanted to show the new angle.  Next comes the refinement stage.
 

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Re: First styling of a Western Juniper
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009, 08:34 PM »
That's great work, John! It's a beautiful tree and will become something special when it matures. Thanks for showing the process.

Chris
 

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Re: First styling of a Western Juniper
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 09:49 PM »
You know, it is amazing what you can do when you know the fundamentals. I'll bet 5 years ago, we all (John, Chris and myself) would of sat there and struggled to see a solution for this tree- if you actually had to do it and not just "talk about" how to do this.

Nice work, congratulations on the diploma.

John.
 

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Re: First styling of a Western Juniper
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 10:31 PM »
I can't believe how drastically this was bent.  I had to study your pictures for a while before I really grasped it.  Once I finally figured out just how much bending this tree sustained, I'm even more amazed at how much it grew during/after that treatment. 

This looks like a really good start to material that most of us would have difficulty developing a plan to put into effect, much less developing it to the final picture posted here.  Congratulations on graduating also.