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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on January 21, 2010, 10:32 AM

Title: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: bwaynef on January 21, 2010, 10:32 AM
What are your thoughts on this one?  I'll try to find a picture of this tree before any work was done, but I make no promises.
Title: Re: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: bwaynef on January 21, 2010, 11:14 AM
Oh yeah, the deadwood clearly needs attention.  No real need in pointing that out.
Title: Re: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: joe cervantes on January 21, 2010, 09:53 PM
Agrees on the deadwood. I like the 2nd pic best.
Title: Re: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: bonsaikc on January 22, 2010, 09:47 AM
Wayne,

I like where you are going with this tree. The base is strong and justifies your styling.

If this tree were mine, I think I would try to put a strong bend in the upper line to make it more compact and give it more movement. This would probably involve cutting a channel as in the advanced bending techniques thread. Then some work on the cascading line for movement and taper. Then shape and reduce the jins and you are on your way.

Chris
Title: Re: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: MatsuBonsai on January 22, 2010, 10:05 AM
Wayne,

Looking good.  I like the front you've chosen (first pic).  Once you work on the deadwood a little and remove the crossing piece when it's no longer needed to hold your guy wire (perhaps anchor to the branch below) I think it will open it up some and allow you to collapse/tighten the whole tree.  From the other pictures it looks like you'll need to add some back branches for depth.
Title: Re: Semi-cascade shimpaku
Post by: ChrisM on January 24, 2010, 09:18 AM
i agree, the first shot shown here would be my choice as well. great start wayne, looking forward to seeing it's progress.