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Wiring a Ponderosa Pine

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MatsuBonsai:
TTran,

Might I suggest you contact Boon?  He's local to your area and is a great teacher.  He also has a great DVD on the subject, http://bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html.

Please feel free to continue to post questions here and engage in conversations.  There's plenty to learn here in this community.

Lots of people use varying techniques for wiring with good success.  One thing to remember is to take pride in your work.  Make the wire neat and make sure that it is effective, that it is size properly to hold the shape you intend. 

Matstao:
Jay, I appreciate your suggestion of seeking out advice from my local club.  I have seen that advice often before, and completely agree.  I realize that regularly meeting with helpful, experienced people in my area is the next big step I need to take.  The current issue is is "free" time & scheduling though. 

Rather than bore you with all of my private issues, I'll just add that I have an energetic 2 year-old (is that redundant?) , a wife that works evenings, a hectic 8-5+ professional job of my own, etc.  So, I take the few minutes I have some evenings and learn what I can via the internet, for now.

I also have my dad and a close friend who have both been enjoying the "hobby" for a number of years.  They are a wealth of information and have backyards full of nice trees, but neither are into wiring.  Probably sounds strange to those who wire every twig, but some just don't use the stuff.  I see its importance, use it and want to become more proficient with it.

I've been clicking around this site for a while.  It is fantastic.  I think part of the reason for my first post is that, as a relative newcomer to the past-time, I'm a little intimidated by all of the "advanced" sections here.  I would like to participate, but feel that I would be clogging up most threads with my newbie thoughts/questions.   Maybe this would have been better said in the 'forum feedback' area.  Probably I should just start some threads of my own.  The 'tropical' area could use some action  :)

Anyway, thank you for your reply.  I apologize to all for altering the original focus of the thread.

Jay:
Matstao, life has a way of happening. I can understand and your life does sound full. It sounds like you could call on your dad or the family friend to help you out with a wire lesson or two. It is just soo much easier when you can get feedback on your wire work. It helps to know if you are doing it too tight or too loose, neither is good. Also to have someone you can ask if it is time to remove the wire will also be helpful. You can not remove it by time.

Even though you do have a full plate with things going on, see if you can find out where the local clubs are and when they meet. Perhaps you will be able to catch a meeting or two a year.

just my two cents
Jay

bwaynef:

--- Quote from: Matstao on January 16, 2011, 10:17 PM ---Rather than bore you with all of my private issues, I'll just add that I have an energetic 2 year-old (is that redundant?) , a wife that works evenings, a hectic 8-5+ professional job of my own, etc.  So, I take the few minutes I have some evenings and learn what I can via the internet, for now.

--- End quote ---

Its like we're living parallel lives, ...except I've got a 4 year old as well.

If you can't find someone local to help you out ...or can't fit them into your schedule, Boon's Wiring DVD covers "figure 3" wiring in detail.  He also covers several of the special cases as well, and gives some pointers on how to practice applying wire correctly.

Matstao:
Found this video from Graham Potter. 

http://www.youtube.com/user/GrahamWPotter#p/u/1/lHdGpf9AfQc

I've watched it several times and finally got to try out the techniques today out back (took a half-day & left work at noon... beautiful day here in central Florida  8) ).  I'm guessing that Boon's "figure 3" is similar to Graham's "1-wire, 2-branches" advice? 

After a little pruning, I wired a ficus & a rosemary.  I like it...efficient & effective.

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