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Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« on: September 20, 2011, 08:38 PM »
On the weekend of February 20th I hosted Peter Tea at my home just outside of Louisville, KY.  Peter is a graduate of Boon Manakitivipart’s Bonsai Intensive program, past winner of the Joshua Roth New Talent competition, and has been working as a bonsai professional since 2010. 

The first day was spent with a small study group, while the 2nd day was spent working on my personal collection.  I was most looking forward to having Peter work on a collected Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) that was purchased at a recent Bay Island Bonsai auction.
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2011, 08:39 PM »
Some light carving had already been done to the large dead trunk, and some branches had been arranged to provide ample sunlight to the few young branches since its arrival in Kentucky.  Peter began wiring the larger branches first.

"In a first styling, I make the pads wider.  For a show they should be more full and tighter."
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2011, 08:43 PM »
With the larger main branches wired Peter moved onto the secondary and tertiary branches.  Peter is a magnificent wirer.  He applied the wire effortlessly so that it was both effective and beautiful.  While applying the wire he also began arranging the branches.  He then expertly bent the long branches in on themselves to compact the tree and make a tighter overall design.

"Pads that are flat on bottom are more rigid, more masculine.  If they're subtly rounded it's a little more delicate, more feminine."
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2011, 08:44 PM »
Peter explained as he went, "later the deadwood will be reduced to remove some of the weight."  He continued, "With large flat surfaces like this deadwood I usually choose a front that isn't straight on, but at an angle to add depth."

He continued to arrange the branches, careful to check every angle, paying particular attention to his chosen front.  "The branch tips towards the front half of the tree should point towards you.  From the back half of the tree they can fan out and back."
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2011, 08:44 PM »
Finally, the tree has had its first styling.  The branches have been placed and now the foliage will grow, fill in, and continue to develop.  At the next repotting the new angle will be set and a more appropriate pot chosen.
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2011, 10:21 PM »
Two great posts in one night - how thrilling is that?

JRob
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2011, 01:42 PM »
Nice post and first styling, thanks for posting it!
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2011, 01:52 PM »
Anybody want to play a game of "suggest-a-pot" for this one?  Links and/or virtuals would be most appreciated.
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2012, 06:22 PM »
Latest pot chosen, seen in the Repotting Workshop thread.
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2012, 06:34 PM »
Very very nice Matsu!  Peter mentioned reducing the deadwood eventually.  May I ask where, it looks pretty darn good to me.

And boy, BIB auctions have some fantastic trees to sell.  Lucky guys! ;))
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2012, 06:36 PM »
Peter mentioned reducing the deadwood eventually.  May I ask where, it looks pretty darn good to me.

The base, mostly on the left hand side, and/or just giving it some more character lines.  Right now it gives the feeling of a solid wall of deadwood.  It can certainly be improved, and hopefully will be in the future.

You can see a large portion was removed during this repotting.  More carving will be done this summer.
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 07:05 PM »
Oh yes, I see it now.  Looks better for sure.  Thanks Matsu
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 07:08 AM »
I remember a couple of days working with Akio.... How is your hand?
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2012, 06:56 PM »
Hand is fine.  I've got the beginnings of a nice smiley face on my thumb.  :)
 

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Re: Initial Styling - Another Western Juniper
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 07:57 PM »
So, Owen brought this tree a step further.  Thoughts?
 
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