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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: JRob on October 24, 2011, 06:31 AM

Title: Little Shimp
Post by: JRob on October 24, 2011, 06:31 AM
Good Morning All,

Had a great weekend working with Michael in STL. It was our fall study group. Bonsai & baseball in November. What Fun! Here is a shohin shimpaku that i picked up 3 years ago for $75.00 in terrible condition. Spent the time restoring its health and directing new foliage to recreate the canopy. This is its first styling and I hope to have it ready to show at the STL Shohiin Convention in two years. Here are the before and after photos from Sat. morning.

JRob
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Post by: bwaynef on October 24, 2011, 08:47 AM
I love the movement in this tree.  The deadwood seems well executed and is starting to have the appearance of age.
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Post by: Owen Reich on October 24, 2011, 10:01 AM
I agree.  Good foliage too.
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Post by: tmmason10 on October 24, 2011, 04:52 PM
Great little true, like the shape and deadwood.  Very nice job on the recovery.
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Post by: Treebeard55 on October 24, 2011, 05:06 PM
Good job!
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Post by: John Kirby on October 24, 2011, 06:14 PM
nice
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Post by: scottroxburgh on October 25, 2011, 05:00 AM
Nice little tree, good work.
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Post by: JRob on August 21, 2012, 08:36 PM
Good Evening All,

Here is a picture from today. What a difference a year makes. All my trees are pushing since the early heat of the summer in June, July broke. I'll work on this tree again in October with my teacher.

JRob
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Post by: Dave Murphy on August 22, 2012, 07:22 AM
That really filled in nicely...looks like it enjoyed your warm summer, I'd say.
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Post by: Jerry Norbury on August 26, 2012, 04:53 AM
Lovely. I wish we had good Shimps here...
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Post by: tmmason10 on August 28, 2012, 09:00 AM
Looking really nice, thanks for the update.
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Post by: Chrisl on August 29, 2012, 10:02 AM
That is looking very nice Rob.
Title: Re: Little Shimp
Post by: JRob on October 15, 2012, 08:48 PM
Good Evening All,

Here is an update taken this evening after I spent a few minutes giving it a trim from the flush after the temps cooled from the long hot spring and summer.

JRob
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Post by: Dan W. on October 15, 2012, 09:59 PM
Looking great :) I'm going to have to find some nice ones like this down the road.
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Post by: kcpoole on October 15, 2012, 10:17 PM
Lovely little tree especilly for only $75 and a year or 2 work!
Title: Re: Little Shimp
Post by: JRob on June 15, 2014, 08:43 PM
A current picture of the progression of this little shimpaku. My son Shimsuki (on this forum) and Hagedorn did another restyle today pulling it in tighter. My son completed his BM degree and is home for the summer and then is of to Yale's school of music for his MM degree on a full scholarship. It was a joy spending the whole weekend with him working on our trees, JRob
Title: Re: Little Shimp
Post by: Brian Van Fleet on June 15, 2014, 10:08 PM
Must be a treat to work with Mike, I like his style and seems to be a genuinely kind guy.

I have to say I liked the character, shape and movement it had when the trunk line still moved left.  Was it a tough decision to remove, or am I missing something in the photo that made it easy?
Title: Re: Little Shimp
Post by: JRob on June 16, 2014, 05:47 AM
Brian, studying with Hagedorn is great. He is a wonderful person and a fine teacher. The main branch that moved to the left for some reason died unexpectedly. Not sure what happened. This was the best restyle option till the tree recovers. JRob
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Post by: Brian Van Fleet on June 16, 2014, 07:41 AM
Guess that made it a no-brainier!