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July 2012 Work of the Month
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:59 AM »
Good news everyone!  We're happy to announce the Bonsai Study Group Work of the Month.

This is simply a place for member to showcase their work. This could be a workshop tree, maintenance work, or simply a tree they feel is not ready for the Tree of the Month Contest just yet.  Anything from a seed you just planted to a 500 year old collected masterpiece wired and ready for a show.  New and used, young and old, casual hobbyist to the obsessed, amateur to professional.  No judging or voting.  All are encouraged to post.

No restrictions on the number of entries.  No restrictions on commenting.  You're still encouraged to start your own thread in the appropriate section of the forum, but this could be a great starting off point to display your work.

This is something brand new that we're trying.  As such, we've put a 3-month time frame on judging it's success.  If after 3 months it's decided that the members see no benefit we will discontinue the Work of the Month threads.
 

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Re: July 2012 Work of the Month..Ficus "Golden Gate"
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 11:34 AM »
The first pic shows work I did on 7/23/2011 so it's been about a year since I have done anything to this tree. Second shot is 7/03/2012.

This tree is about 16" tall and the canopy spread is about 30" .

 

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Re: July 2012 Work of the Month
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 11:35 AM »
Opening the tree up so I can see what's in there.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 11:37 AM by andy graham »
 

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Re: July 2012 Work of the Month
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 11:41 AM »
As you can see...I'm wiring(a little) as I go. It helps me visualize what to trim next. I also get bored trimming leaves  :-\

Almost there.

 

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Re: July 2012 Work of the Month
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 02:15 PM »
I've pretty much finished for now. It hasn't changed that much from the year before, but the ramification has improved a little. I wasn't trying to redo the tree. I think it is in the refining stages. The tree needs to be re-potted and the nebari worked on but I don't have any soil at this time. I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to proceed with the styling of this tree, ie. pot selection, allowing to grow taller or wider, etc.

thanks,

Andy
 

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Re: July 2012 Work of the Month
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 06:58 PM »
It's looking great Andy. I'd say stick a fork in it, it's pretty much done.  ;D  I didn't realize how big it was 'til I saw it on that saltillo tile floor. I had to look at it for quite some time 'til I came up with any suggestions. If I'm seeing it right, it looks like there are some very fine roots on the surface. The last two workshops I went to, both instructors told me to cut these fine roots off. They said the fine roots don't contribute to the tree looking like it is anchored firmly in the ground. Also it looks like the apex might be getting a bit too pointed. The general consensus is a more rounded apex gives the tree a more mature look. I actually really like the pot. Very nice tree! Larry