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John Kirby

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Big Western
« on: August 11, 2009, 09:50 PM »
I bought this Juniper as raw stock from Boon a couple of years ago. We struggled with how to deal with the big single branch that came off the side of the tree, we had sort of decided on one side over the other, carved it, and were preparing to style it. When Boon said a friend of his, Akio Konda,  was coming to visit and was doing a couple of workshops. I spent two days doing the workshop, and  we ended up with a solution for dealing with the sole single branch being bent over 120 degrees, and a soultion for placing foliage in front of the branch to hide it next year when a greater level of styling occurs.

The common joke among my friends in the bay area was that this was a good source of firewood, however I don't think they will now....

John
(the picture with Akio is for scale....)
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Re: Big Western
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 04:06 PM »
Wow, granted it doesn't have much taper, but I thought i would at least of gotten a "throw it on as kindlin" or somethiong like that...
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Re: Big Western
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 04:15 PM »
I am not sure about kindling, but it sure is a monster.  What are you going to do with the foliage to compensate for the fact that it looks to be the size of my thigh with very little taper?  I realize you state you will use foliage to conceal the bent branch, but will you wrap the crown around the top of the trunk to maybe partially hide the lack of taper?  Or can the top deadwood be carved down a bit?  Interesting tree, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 04:48 PM »
John,

I think everyone is just in awe of the huge tree.  I'm so used to seeing it horizontal and wondering what in the world you were going to do with it.  Looks like you and Akio spent a lot of time on this one.  I can't wait to see it in person in October.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 05:52 PM »
Alex,
it has about 3" taper, and yes wrapping the top around trunk is the plan. As Boon says. it is yamadori sometimes you have to accept the imperfections that come with the tree.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 07:32 PM »
I feel kinda dumb.  When I first looked at the pics I was thinking this tree had been field grown and carved.  Not sure why that got stuck in my head. 

With it being collected and the deadwood being natural, you just roll with what the tree has.  I think I have seen a couple Junipers where the drastic wrap was done, and the finished product looks nice. 

I really like the trunk in the new raised position it is in over the horizontal position it was in.  It feels very stable this way. 

Alex
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2009, 08:09 PM »
That is cool, I was just trying to be a bit of a rabble rouser. Trying o get folks to post trees, regardless of how far along in their  development they are. Excited about school getting ready to start?
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2009, 08:35 PM »
I am, both looking forward to school and posting some trees.  I am gonna start on monday with a little side research while we get my main project rolling.  ATM I am applying for NSF grants, so doing a lot of writing.  On the posting front, I put up my juniper and I have a few other I want to post pics of.  I will see if I can get several posted by the weekend. 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2009, 08:40 PM »
Excellent. What program at NSF? I have benefitted from their good favors over my career.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2009, 08:47 PM »
I am applying for one of the 3 year graduate fellowships for Geosciences.  I am technically in the Geology dept at Umich, but my advisor had appointments with their microbiology/ecology dept as well.  When you get a chance send me some info about your company, I love reading about what my friends in science are doing.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2010, 09:24 AM »
I saw Googlebot looking at this thread, so I thought I would revive it.

I enjoyed seeing this in person in October, but don't think I got any pictures, as it was tucked away in a different part of the yard.  It looked like a completely different tree.  What/when are the next steps?  Are you going to bring this one home any time soon?
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2010, 09:46 AM »
great trunk.  very robust.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2010, 10:03 AM »
Thanks,
It is doing well and popped back after the work. It was repotted in early March, was ale to get 80% of the adjustment in planting angle completed, the rest will have to come in two years when it is repotted again. Didn't hve a deeper pot at Boon's that was big enough, this pot is 8" or so deep.

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2010, 02:37 PM »
John,

Did not see the species listed or did I just miss it?

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2010, 03:09 PM »
western=Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) the blue version of this species s called Sierra Juniper. Hybridizes with numerous species in its range, including California Juniper.

John