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Mike Pollock

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Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« on: April 25, 2011, 07:25 PM »
Here's a series of photos of a small Yew.  Originally purchased from Colin Lewis in August of 2005, this is one of between one and two dozen Colin sold.  I worked this tree with Colin for a few years and refined it this week while working with Ryan Neil.

Now I want a big Yew. Anyone have any raw material with a 12" to 20" base?
 

Mike Pollock

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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2011, 07:28 PM »
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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2011, 07:59 PM »
That is an awesome progression. 
 

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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 10:00 PM »
Now I want a big Yew. Anyone have any raw material with a 12" to 20" base?

Mike,

Have you talked with Tom Brown or Marc Torppa?
 

Mike Pollock

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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 10:02 AM »
Haven't spoken with Marc for years. Didn't know he was still growing material.  Got to stop by Tom's one of these days.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2011, 11:26 AM »
Hi Mike,

One good source is to look for people that are interested in removing yew bushes/hedges in their yards.  Many will let you dig them up and haul them away for free.  Craigslist is a great resource for this.  I dug up one last fall, and two big ones this spring at no cost to me except for a sore back  ;D  All kidding aside, yews are generally pretty easy to remove because they tend to grow roots radially, rather than have a huge tap root growing straight down (at least this was the case with the ones that I've dug).  This is great not only for ease of removal, but also for getting material with nice flared bases.

Don't turn your back on material that has a bunch of smaller trunks emanating at the soil line - I've found that the true trunk base will be below the trunk line, and often you'll be quite pleased.  The ones I dug this spring had a mass of trunks in the 2" diameter range, but the true "trunks" were in the 6" diameter range with bases in the 10"+ range.  Not bad for free material that only took me a couple of hours to dig.
 

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Re: Progression of a chuhin Taxus
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2011, 03:49 PM »
Outstanding Yew Mike..Excellent work...

I have also been working on a small, similar yew that I actually found at home depot about 2-3 years ago. I am hoping the final result will be at least close to yours. The tree has grown so much and last over the last 2 years though, that it has presented a couple of different styling options, which I chose to explore. So I think the actual progression of the tree is behind about a year or so.

Rob