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thomas tynan:
I acquired this small Ponderosa Pine in 2003 from Andy Smith of Golden Arrow Bonsai – mostly because I thought it had an unusual twisted trunk. Now – 9 years later – I would like to share where it is today – and also mention a few of my mistakes and perhaps successes as well.

The tree pretty much just sat in the original pot Andy provided for at least 2 to 3 years while I let it grow and tried to figure out which side offered the best front. My original sketches and diagrams considered the opposite side as the best front – but eventually I switched to the rear view as the proposed front. The original goal as well to really compact the tree was what I wanted to try and achieve….and show off the curves in the trunk..now about 2 ½” in diameter…

thomas tynan:
I wouldn’t say at all that the first styling was particularly good – nor my decision to then cut the needles and almost every candle in the late fall of 2006 – trying the Fall Candle Technique I had read about from articles published by members of the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society. The tree looked pretty bad – almost scalped – but within a year it had really produced a lot of new buds and quickly filled in.

Probably 5 years after I had acquired the tree I moved it into the drum pot – made by an American potter who created many of the pots for Ponderosas for members of the RMBS. I removed and re-wired the tree at least 2 more times in years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Getting the branches to ramify is still not as challenging as creating decent foliage pads – and I am not sure if with a tree this size you can; roughly 12” to 14” tall and maybe 18” to 20” in width.

thomas tynan:
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thomas tynan:
My decision to reluctantly cut the needles is still something I am not pleased with and for 2011 – I pretty much removed most of the wire and just let it grow. I removed the (2) strongest candles completely from the 2 strongest apex(s). I also raised it slightly in the pot and exposed that long surface root giving some depth.

It is pretty much overgrown now from the last photos and a few interior smaller branches have died – probably due to a lack of constant sun light. I will probably edit out some of the extra buds and try to compact and re define the shape again this year. I live in SE New York State. Tom …

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