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Judy

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European Beech
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:34 PM »
Ahhh, Beech, my favorite specie of tree.  I have long admired the strong yet always graceful form these trees have in nature.  I do not yet have an American Beech, although if I could find a good start, I would try. This is my European Beech, one of the very first trees that I got my hands on when I started being serious about bonsai. I do not have many early pictures, but when I got this tree, it was very much in need of interior budding, which is what I spent the first few years on.  It has reached a point where I may begin to take it back a bit, and I may do something with the apex as it's a bit conflicted.  This will also be repotted in straight Kanuma next season, as I do not like the current mix for it.  
This tree is about 32"tall by about the same wide.

First pic as of now, others following are earlier in it's progression.  I have wired this entire tree before, but I'm giving it the year off this year, so I don't knock any buds off.
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Re: European Beech
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 12:36 PM »
Here it is from the earliest photo I have (others were before digital photos in computers!) thru it's first couple pots...
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Re: European Beech
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 08:09 PM »
I love the shape of this tree.  Great winter silhouette!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013, 08:37 AM »
Like it a lot, the pot does nothing for me. (sorry).
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013, 09:16 AM »
The square pot, no.

I like how the rounded one's sides match the direction of the branches.

But something to make those fall leaves POP, and still give it nude justice, would be best imo.

Awesome tree.
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2013, 09:21 AM »
John,

Would you use a glazed oval?

Happy Holidays! Think I'll see you in March.


Ray
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Re: European Beech
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 11:24 AM »
The first two pots were just over-large pots that I had sitting around.  I was at that time working it into it's first pot from nursery pot days...
This tree is getting a new pot this spring.  Chuck Iker is building me a round that has a more substantial width at the bottom.  Although I like the pot it's in, I do not like it for this tree.  It's a lovely pot however that Ron Lang built for it.  Here is a sneak peak at the new pot...
First pic is the glaze I chose, should work well with the fall colors, second and third are the actual pot in progress.  Let me know what you think!

 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013, 06:31 PM »
Hi Judy,
I really like the tree and your work. I guess I am not sure about the pot shape, however my personal view on pots is just that, my view. I like the glaze you have chosen, I would probably have stretched the pot to oval by 50% and then made it a good bit shallower. But, I look forward to seeing your tree in the new pot.
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013, 06:54 PM »
Thanks John for your words. 
 I am looking forward to the new pot as well.  The glaze I know is going to work well, the depth I chose for tree health.  If I find that I can make it shallower in the future, I will be tempted to go there. 
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 06:02 AM »
I do Like the glaze, and Iker. I like that mural there in the shop.

Honestly Judy, the branchwork on your trees is so naturally pleasing, the pot doesn't even seem to matter. In winter.

Good luck this TOTM!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2014, 12:49 AM »
This tree is so very representative of this month, weather, and trees I see everyday.

Very handsome and fitting tree of the month!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 09:25 AM »
This tree is so very representative of this month, weather, and trees I see everyday.

Very handsome and fitting tree of the month!

Yes the mid-west in winter has it's singular charm, I love naked forests across the snow covered fields with the morning fog hanging low.
Thanks Sorce!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 01:31 PM »
Congrats on Tree of the Month Judy! Winter silhouette is very fitting for January. Looking trough the previous months yours is one of very few winter silhouettes that's won tree of the month. Great job!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 09:17 PM »
Thanks Dan!
 

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Re: European Beech
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2014, 09:43 PM »
Ray,
I like the glaze on the Iker pot, it works well with the bark and the new growth. I personally think a simple rounded oval would work best here. The nice thing is, with a nice tree like this, you can change pots over time to get you the feel you like, the chosen pot will be very nice as well.