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JRob

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JM Root Over Rock
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:05 AM »
Good Morning All,

Hope your holidays have been great. Here is a Japanese Maple Root Over Rock that I did with Guy Guidry in my first every bonsai workshop in the spring of 2009. I have not started to style the tree yet. I have just been getting it acclimated to the new form for the last 4 years. Since I plan to work on it this coming spring I am looking for design suggestions. What do you all think is the direction I should go? Thanks, JRob
« Last Edit: December 31, 2013, 10:09 AM by JRob »
 

Judy

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Re: JM Root Over Rock
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2013, 11:31 AM »
This is very reminiscent to me of the trees around the hocking hills area near me.  The area is made of black hand sandstone that was carved and slumped by water from the glacier when it stopped just north of the area.  Lots of gorges, and sandstone formations that trees have grown over and around in very interesting ways.  I think you have a great start on a broom style, I think I would keep that idea going.  Maybe with a turn where the wind would hit the upper tree that grows above the shelter of the rock it's against.  Nice looking root structure.
 

jlushious

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Re: JM Root Over Rock
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2013, 02:22 PM »
LOVE the rock. I also like Judy's idea of doing it a little windswept. In the first picture - if you make that the front - you could style it away from the upward piece of the rock (to the right), nothing REALLY dramatic, but some sideways movement. Just my two cents!
 

Sorce

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Re: JM Root Over Rock
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2013, 10:13 PM »
My take....

 In the first picture, the rock looks pieced together. I don't like that for a front, unless the rock looks better in person.
I think my biggest gripe would be that branch (sacrifice I guess) on the bottom right. The rock seam creates a distracting point like a bar branch would. But worse to my eye cause its so straight.

If it is a sacrifice, (see edit photo), I think if this ended up "working" (growing thickest) it might make for an interesting peek out from behind the rock, and you can incorporate it. If it doesn't work,  You can lop it. No loss.

Then, to go even more extreme, make the wind blow left in the first pic, draping the branching across and over the rock. The trunk looks blown that way already.

But honestly, I would keep it a fat broom, the red of the rock would look nice behind the leaves and branches.

And maybe pic 3 the front, the rock looks best from there.

Imo.

Can't wait to see where time takes it.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: JM Root Over Rock
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 08:59 AM »
I prefer picture one as the front.  The roots can be seen clasping the rock most effectively from this side, and there is nice trunk movement from the roots right on up into the canopy.  Since this is planted on a rock, I'm not sure a broom would work.  I'd rather see an informal upright with exaggerated movement in the trunk and branches.  Nice.
 

Brian Van Fleet

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Re: JM Root Over Rock
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 09:04 AM »
I would remove the tallest shoot, all the way back to where it emerges from the trunk.  Then prune out the heavier branches and let's get another look at it. 

From this stage, I have made the mistake of keeping too-heavy branches and built ramification onto those stout, straight branches...and have had to replace them over time. 

Nice adherence to the rock, it will be a good bonsai as it ages.