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Owen Reich

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"The Skeleton" Black Pine
« on: August 29, 2015, 04:08 PM »
Perhaps someone else has a better name. 

This is a field grown black pine produced in Tennessee by a friend.  About 25 years old now.  The interesting root system was created in part by the tap root circling a container for the first years of its development. 

After examination for the roots for a many times, it appears to be a single root that split after about a foot from the "base". 

These are photos of the first styling in December of 2012; right when I got back from Japan. 

 

Owen Reich

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 04:10 PM »
After the first styling. 

What do you think?  Ideas to improve it?  Things to accentuate?

 

Owen Reich

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 04:40 PM »
In November of 2013, the tree had a new home.  Still happy and healthy.  In February of 2014, the future potting angle was evaluated (pic 1)

At the end of March 2014, the skeleton pine was repotted.  The ideal planting angle was not possible yet, as there was a football sized ball of clay inside the pot.  So, the tree was potted high and tilted a bit to give a few of the weaker branches more light while the roots develop.

 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 04:51 PM »
A truly visceral tree.  (Sorry)
 

Owen Reich

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2015, 04:57 PM »
By the end of October 2014, the tree is still healthy after essentially being bare-rooted in Spring 2014.  

No decandling this year to continue to beef up the tree's vigor and avoid stress events that may lead to an increased risk of needle cast or root system stalling.

 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2015, 04:59 PM »
A truly visceral tree.  (Sorry)

It would actually go well with art Jim Doyle's son displayed a few years back at Asheville.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2015, 05:33 PM »
In January of 2015, the tree was ready to be styled.  Every winter, the tree is kept in a climate controlled shed kept right around freezing and protected from the wind. 

Styling consisted of cutting off a few large branches and thinning back to strong internal branches (hadn't finished the top yet). 

The sacrifice branch had not yet been carved. 

I'll post some better photos soon.  Sorry for the lack of back-drops.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2015, 06:02 PM »
really cool tree, I like it a lot.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2015, 08:03 PM »
Facehugger?
 

Owen Reich

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2015, 12:26 AM »
Facehugger?

That was actually on the list!!!!!  Great minds and all that.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2015, 08:20 AM »
As in the Alien larva stage?  Yes I can see that.  This tree makes me uncomfortable to look at for some reason.  But that is a good thing I think.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2015, 08:34 AM »
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This tree makes me uncomfortable to look at for some reason.

Me too; trunk looks like  pile of intestines -- which is why I said "visceral".  And, "sorry."
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2015, 10:16 AM »
A little uniform for me at this point, but continued additions of Bark will make it a bunch better over time. Nice work.
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2015, 01:16 PM »
An amazingly unique piece of material!! After repotting a JBP for the first time this spring, I think I'll wait until next summer to candle prune. Is that your approach, to wait until the following summer after repotting. Could this tree have remained vigorous if cut back in the fall?

 Once again, very interesting tree and looking forward to seeing your classical training show in the desigh!!

 Good luck!! ;D
 

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Re: "The Skeleton" Black Pine
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2015, 02:13 PM »
A fascinating tree with many interesting features!