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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2011, 12:28 AM »
i second what Kirby said


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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #16 on: September 04, 2011, 05:20 PM »
I worked on this tree for a few hours today and pruned out a lot of the foliage to thin things out as suggested.  Prolly around 40%?  Next is to wire out what's left.  Comparing this to the earlier images in this thread, it's lost quite a bit of weight.  :)

I saw where I could have taken more in several areas to work on branch development but I will work on that next year.  Looking forward to seeing this tree react in the Spring.

This back branch was always to be removed so I removed the foliage and will jin it.  In order to take this back to the trunk line, do I strip the bark back to near where I'd like this to end up and let the bark die back to it's own demarcation point on the trunk?

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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2011, 08:53 PM »

Click on the Scale Junipers - Maintenance DVD, it has great info and will get you started.

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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2011, 07:42 PM »
Have you hooked up with Ryan Neil yet?  If I'm not mistaken, you are less than an hour from his nursery. No one better to learn from in the US right now.


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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2011, 09:13 PM »
Hey Geek,

I'm no expert, but I feel the top section, going pretty much vertical after the nice curvy trunk, has too thick of a diameter and doesn't quite harmonize with the rest of the tree.

What does everyone think if that top section were jinned, or possibly even completely removed?

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Re: Shimpaku Advice
« Reply #20 on: September 07, 2011, 10:27 AM »
I just saw your location as well, Mike Hagedorn and Ryan Neill are both in the area and I believe Mike does a good deal of work with the Portland Area Bonsai Club(s). You could join the club and get some real hands on help. I believe that Joe Harris still works wih the club there as well, Scott Elsner (a Boon Intensive Alum and winner of an award at the 1st US National Exhibition is also in the club and could be a great help (Nobody draws better than Scott, a true artist).