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Jason E

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azalea carving
« on: February 20, 2012, 01:01 AM »
What time of year should carving be done? I have a collected azalea that spent a year in a large pot and has just been moved to a training pot. would like to do some carving where the main trunks have been cut.
any suggestions?
also any idea of species?
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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 05:28 PM »
Azaleas aren't typically carved or have deadwood.  The wood doesn't last.
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 05:41 PM »
Thanks for the reply, My concern is the appearence of the cuts made when reducing the size of the plant.
There are 3 trunk lines, all fairly thick in diameter that come to an abrupt end. Any suggestions on how to proceed with the developement of this tree would be apreciated greatly!
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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 07:18 PM »
Matsu is correct. Satsuki are not carved and exposed scars if untreated can rot quickly and a whole tree can quickly be lost. Treat the cuts with a sealant as soon as you can and encourage the wounds to heal over. That being said my son was given a hollow trunk that he has been playing with but he seals the hollowed area several times a year. It is posted on the satsuki portion of the study group you just need to search for it.

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 07:50 PM »
Thanks! I looked at that post, nice looking tree and good post.
 I think that I will just taper or angle the cuts a bit more and seal them up for now.
still trying to figure out the overall plan for the trees design, right now there are three major trunk lines that I left pretty long after the initial cut back. not sure how much to shorten them with no way to taper.

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 08:02 PM »
a few more pics
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 08:05 PM »
If you are looking for design ideas, you need to post more pictures, from all sides.  Also, maybe you could post a picture with something like a soda can for a size reference.

It's dificult to get a pleasing design with 3 trunks.  Espectially when it appears all three have about the same diameter.

I would look for a trunk that makes the best transition up from the base.  Cut the others off flush, and seal with cut paste.

Azaleas pop new sprouts easily, and it appears yours has done so, too.  Once you decide on your main trunk, you'll need to let the remaining trunk's shoots grow vigorously to 1) heal over the cuts, and 2)  build wood for future chops.  You have a nice tapered base, you don't want a trunk with no taper.

It looks to me like you have a nice sumo in the making!

(While I was typing, it appears you posted some pics!  You're a mind reader!  I'll check them out.)

Also, it's easier to identify it you have a picture of the flower, and when it flowers.
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 08:12 PM »
Thanks for the pics!

Cool tree!

I know it looks nice, but you should remove the moss.

And, I identified the tree!  It says right on the side that it's a trident maple!  :D

How long has it been collected?  You have some really nice material there, there's no hurry.
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012, 08:23 PM »
Thanks, This tree is real speacial to me. I collected it winter 2010 from the the house I grew up in after we were forced to sell it after my dad passed away. the new owner is very cool person and let me dig it up to have something meaningfull from the house. (my dad loved gardening)  so it is very speacial to me,.
thanks for the reply Im going to look at it for a while, i like the idea of cutting one or more of the trunks flush..somthing to think about.


thanks alot!
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 10:11 PM »
I think cutting off the left and middle branch leaves you with a base and trunk with great movement.  Great material and extra special due to the trees history ;) 
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2012, 10:11 PM »
Playing with my new photoshop :)
 

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Re: azalea carving
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2012, 10:32 PM »
   :)  Thats great!  really cool thanks, I agree after looking at it a bit more it seems the obvious choice is the left that goes out on its own and the the middle trunk section for removal. that leaves the nicest flow from the roots and will give some good taper to the trunk.

thanks for the imput, and the photoshoping!