Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – One to one with a “Kokonoe” White Pine
Andrew had acquired this tree from us previously and now brought it to a one-to-one session to be styled. The “Kokonoe” White Pine is a small needle tightly budding variety similar to “Zuisho”.
When the tree arrived in the studio you can see it was in good condition with a nice colour and plenty of strong bushy growth. The tree had already dispensed with most of it’s old needles naturally. Close to the apex a large branch had to be removed to improve taper and create a more natural and interesting trunk line.
The whole tree was given a close scrutiny to prepare it ready for wiring. In some cases whole branches were removed whilst in other areas branches were just thinned out as necessary. Even without any wiring the tree has undergone quite a transformation. It is already much more open, allowing light and air to circulate.
The wire was brought out and I basically attacked the tree with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. Every single branch on the tree had to be wired…..fine twigs and large branches. Andrew was busy wiring another pine he had brought but in the afternoon he helped me finish wiring the White Pine.
Hard to believe sometimes just how much foliage is removed in this process. Some of my students will probably hurry to tell you that with me involved it’s not hard to believe at all !!! The middle picture above shows the wired tree now ready for styling.
This was a good days work with a good result. A pleasing bonsai image has emerged from deep inside the dense bush. The tree’s new outline is established, branch profiles and spaces are now more clearly defined. Andrew has a good base upon which to build and refine his foliage clouds. With it’s natural tight compact foliage this tree has the potential to make a really fine pine bonsai.