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Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« on: October 16, 2011, 08:03 PM »
Boon was kind enough to let me work on this Sierra Juniper.  Some thinning and a lower branch had already been wired when I arrived.  I was eager to get a chance to work on it myself.

Here is a picture from the Bay Island Bonsai exhibit from 2009.
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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011, 08:04 PM »
Here it is when I arrived, inside the workshop, and a branch all wired up.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011, 08:05 PM »
So, other than wiring, what else was needed?
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011, 08:06 PM »
Dan coined a new catch phrase, "jin the top".  Aaron was shocked.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011, 08:06 PM »
Top gone.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2011, 08:07 PM »
Some of the branching and a top down shot.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2011, 08:08 PM »
Four sides.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2011, 10:13 PM »
the sparser foliage does make the tree look larger.  And once the new apex matures a bit I think this will look really nice (well it obviously already looks really nice - it will look even better.)  Good job.

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2011, 12:11 PM »
It doesn't come through in the photos very well but the deadwood on that tree is outstanding.  It really gives the tree a feeling of being ancient, so I think the reduced canopy will set it off nicely.  Too much foliage on a tree with that much real deadwood (desert made shari, not man made shari) confuses the eye in my opinion.  Nice job John.

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2011, 04:29 PM »
Does the back look better to anyone else?
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2011, 05:19 PM »
You mean other than the top would then be leaning away from the viewer?  

I agree the photo of the back of the tree shows the tree fuller and with a pleasing shape, in 2D.  It will fill in and surround the new jin at the top.  Several new jins have been added and quite a bit of branching and foliage removed.  Any more may risk the tree turning juvenile.

Quite a bit of the focus during this (and previous) intensives was the selection of the front of trees.  The focal point on junipers like this is the angle that shows the most interesting deadwood.  The current front displays the most interesting deadwood, with the tail peaking out at the back.
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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2011, 05:38 PM »
You mean other than the top would then be leaning away from the viewer?

I guess it helps when you know what the tree really looks like.  In the pic of the back, the apex appears to jut toward the viewer ...but upon careful review could possibly be extending away from the viewer on the branching/trunk below.

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The focal point on junipers like this is the angle that shows the most interesting deadwood.  The current front displays the most interesting deadwood, with the tail peaking out at the back.

Okay.  I'll give you that one.  The back does show an interesting hollow though.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2011, 05:41 PM »
I guess it helps when you know what the tree really looks like.  In the pic of the back, the apex appears to jut toward the viewer ...but upon careful review could possibly be extending away from the viewer on the branching/trunk below.

That's why I included 4 sides, so you could (hopefully) discern angle.
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2011, 09:08 PM »
The top, if left unchecked, would have started some unwanted swelling.  Boon seemed to have already been considering the change, but we're still giving credit to Dan and his "jin the top" suggestion.  ;)
 

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Re: Kirin - Sierra Juniper
« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2011, 09:30 PM »
In person this is a fine tree, notice it has a name, pictures are useful but don't convey the power and presence of it.