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bob k

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An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:58 PM »
At the final session of Boon’s Intensive Program, a student works with Boon to develop a preliminary design for one of his trees  - usually one with great potential. At the beginning of this June, I was given the task to develop an overall design for a collected juniper. It was a Sierra juniper, Juniperus occidentalis, that was collected by the late Mas Imazumi. Boon acquired the tree around 1995 and proceeded to swap out the original foliage and graft “Kishu” shimpaku, Juniperus chinensis 'Kishu Shimpaku', foliage. Over time he saw an opportunity to gain two outstanding trees from one original, he separated the top part of the tree by an air layer.

Photo 1 – Redesigned parent tree after the top was removed, I think the air layer was on the right. Styled and wired by Peter Tea. This tree presently stands over 34 inches
Photo 2 – The top graft after a few years of vigorous growth (about 6 years) was ready to design. It is approximately 14 inches tall.
Photo 3 – A perspective from below showing the singular graft on the tree. These branches will be wired and placed to form the overall design.
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bob k

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Re:An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 11:08 PM »
Photo 4 – Raffia, initial wiring and bending. The tree will be a semi cascade moving to the right with the branch falling in steps. The counterbalance branch on the left will be shorter and more compact.
Photo 5 – The final preliminary design with branches in place tighter to the trunk than in Photo 4, apex to the left of the jin. The tree will be developed over time as it recovers from the wiring - further placement of secondary branches, maturing of the apex and wood on the beautiful deadwood.

Needless to say, it was a thrill to work on a tree of this quality.

If I have missed something, I am sure that Boon will jump in.


Bob
 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 08:51 AM »
Excellent Bob, nicely done.  Do you know when the air layer was separated?
 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 10:39 AM »
Nice start for a wonderful little tree.  I love the patience that goes in to doing bonsai right.
 

bob k

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 08:54 PM »
John
I will follow up with Boon about the specifics on the air layer as well as the approach graft.

Mike
Boon spends a lot of time on explaining the difference between  "developing" vs "refining" a tree. Patience is one of the major factors.


Bob

 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 08:58 PM »
Great work Bob. Congratulations on completion! John
 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011, 10:27 AM »
I grafted 2 roots on it in 2002 separate it in 2004.  is it considered an airlayered?   
Bob has done a great job.  and his is confident in his work and ability.  it is wonderful.  Job well done.  it looks great.  i am planning to show it in 2014.  it will be BIB 15th show.  now i have to look for a good pot for it.
 

bob k

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 08:30 PM »
In a follow up to Boon's post, I have included additional photos from him. To clarify the tree that I worked on was root grafted rather than air layered. As seen in photograph "Oct 2002" showing a view from the back of the parent tree with the root grafts on the left.
Photograph "Oct 2005" shows the parent tree with the root grafted part removed. You can now seen the comparison from the photograph in the original post (Photo 1) and how the parent tree has developed. It was designed and wired in the winter of this year.

 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011, 08:37 PM »
These are photographs taken in August 2009 from each side. "050" was the one that we developed as the front.

 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2011, 11:19 AM »
Congrats and great work!!!

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 11:19 PM »
Great to hear from you Bob...and congrats on completion!

A really good start to a nice compact juniper. Nice styling!

It'll be great to see its progress towards a show tree over the next few years, keep us updated Boon.

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2011, 01:13 AM »
Scott,
the tree is growing nicely.  there is not much stress to the tree when it is very strong.  i expected the major bend will be set in 2 years.  guy wire will be left on for another year. 
i will sure will keep you all posted. 
 

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Re: An air layered juniper – preliminary design
« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011, 07:41 AM »
Excellent shohin on it's way to being noteworthy.  Amazing what can be accomplished with clear artistic vision and patience.  That will be a fun one to find a pot for  ;D.