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Yamadori style Black Pine
« on: December 18, 2010, 08:58 PM »
In Feb. of 2006 I took a worshop at the bi-annual shohin symposium in Calif. The pines were essentially whips and I was not very enthused with the material. The talking points were good though so sometimes that is what one pays for. I did style up what I was given and tried to make a quasi suitable bunjin tree out of the material.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 09:01 PM »
Some year or so later I decided to try something different. After a discussion on yamadori style junipers I thought it may be nice to try it on a pine. The trunk was thin and flexible and the canopy was pretty good with branching in some good places. The trunk was about 3/16 thick and about 12 inches tall.

It was wrapped with wire and crumpled down into a suitable shape. All the branches were twisted and contorted to match the trunk.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 09:09 PM »
During the fall I re wired the trunk and further compacted the bends making some of them actually touch one another. Bark was removed from the places in the hopes it would graft and add bulk to the bottom of the plant.

Branches were kept in check with pinching and candle pruning. Two areas were chosen to become sacrifice leaders to help thicken all of the plant, but especially the trunk. One leader was higer than the other. I did this so that as the bottom gets thicker, I can remove the higher leader to keep the top smaller and compact while allowing the lower leader to grow on and bulk the trunk.

The higher leader will be removed next year as I am already getting some pretty large thickening up too high.

This fall I did the last needle pluck as well as pruned for shape. The trunk now is around 1/2 inch across and the wire has bitten in hard. The areas where I planned on inarching have done so and the trunk although only about 1/2 inch across seems larger as I have three coils of trunk really close together at the base.

All the needles in these lst photo's have been cut so I could wire it out. One shot shows what the plant looked like for fall before I whacked it back.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 09:10 PM »
Some shots against black helps to see some details. Looking forward to another year of growth.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2010, 09:13 PM by akeppler »
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 08:48 AM »
Looking good, Al.  I really like the compactness and the shape you've created with this one.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 01:02 PM »
Very very nice Al.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 02:59 AM »
Looks wonderful Al. Love where this one is going. Thank you for sharing :)
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2010, 12:04 PM »
Al,
Good use of material, that has the potential to be a real beautiful JBP!

I am familiar with, but dont know a lot about the process of cutting the needles on Black Pine. Would you care to share more about it?


Thanks,
Andrew
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2010, 02:54 PM »
Al,
Love it. The only problem that I have had with the little Yamadori styled pines is that they tend to thicken very generously at the points where we have dramatic bends. That is partly (I believe) because we are trying to thicken the trunks significantly after the bending. Yours appear to have a very nice balance and good light branching to maybe stop this from happening. John
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 08:20 PM »
Wow Al, very cool. I had no idea what could be accomplished in such short a time. Have you removed all the imbeded wire from the trunk and how hard was this to do?
Mary B.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011, 12:06 PM »
Wow Al, very cool. I had no idea what could be accomplished in such short a time. Have you removed all the imbeded wire from the trunk and how hard was this to do?
Mary B.

I second this question. Al, I love your wiring technique and what you are doing with this one. I'm looking forward to seeing it in the future.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011, 09:44 PM »
Wow Al, very cool. I had no idea what could be accomplished in such short a time. Have you removed all the imbeded wire from the trunk and how hard was this to do?
Mary B.

I second this question. Al, I love your wiring technique and what you are doing with this one. I'm looking forward to seeing it in the future.

Mary and Chris,

I have not removed the wire from the trunk on this one. I have removed it on junipers before and it is very time consuming. Aluminum wire can usually be pulled out of the bark but copper must be cut. Once it is imbedded too far it is really hard to remove.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2011, 09:52 AM »
Al, all I can say is WOW! You have quite a bag of tricks. Keep them coming. You transformed a leggy little JBP into a stunning piece of work. Thank you for the way you presented it- pictures and explanation of the transformation are very well done. Thanks for posting, Don.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2011, 09:07 PM »
Fall work done. This pine does not really produce candles. It typically produces needles directly from the buds. Now I just need to keep it under control and start it into a smaller pot this year.
 

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Re: Yamadori style Black Pine
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2011, 10:17 PM »
awesome!