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Post  Rick36 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:14 pm

Thanks, Russell. Yes - helpful. I shall give it a try with your tree as a model, and Walter's methods, and see what happens! Cheers.


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  coh on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:40 pm

Very nice, and it does look good from all sides...an added bonus.

I'd love to see it in person...Rochester, 2014 perhaps?

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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:20 am

coh wrote:I'd love to see it in person...Rochester, 2014 perhaps?

Ha! That's a good one!

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Post  Ryan B on Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:34 am

Those Yanks are too abrasive for Russell! None o that Rochester shenanigans for him tongue
Awesome representation of the "live oak style"...so much has been said about boxwoods making better "live oak style" bonsai than live oaks do, and you've nailed it. Wasn't the term originally coined by your neighbor....night or something? I may be remembering that one falsely.
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  coh on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:50 pm

We don't bite, you know! Well, not all of us...

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Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:28 pm

Impressive transformation. Really good stuff. I like it a lot. Very Happy

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Post  luciano benyakob on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:02 pm

Fantastic and Inspirative...

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Post  Jay Wilson on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:04 pm

Well done Russell.
I live among live oaks myself and I'm often in awe of them as trees. You have captured the feel of them well.

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:17 pm


Thanks guys.

Ryan, I'm not sure who came up with "live oak style" but Joe was definitely the first to start talking about it seriously in our area. Several years ago he did a great program for or Day of Bonsai, breaking down different catagories using examples around town and how to use those as bonsai. We should probably revisit that.

I'm still sick over losing this one...


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Andre Beaurain on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:24 pm

Russell Coker wrote:
Hi Rick.

I think boxwoods are perfect for beginners. They are easy to find and very forgiving. Well, at least the microphyllas seem to be. We can't grow sempervirens here where I live. Honestly, I can only assume you can treat them the same way, but I really don't know. I've seen some beauties at old plantations farther north, and Cram and Will B have posted some from your side of the pond. For us, it seems to be easy to find "tree-like" Japanese boxwoods (not 'kingsville') in nurseries and landscapes. The sempervirens I see at nursery trade shows are field grown and aways a bunch of little sticks that make up a big green ball.

I hope that helps!

R

Russel why doesnt sempervirens want grow there by you?
I also cant grow it here by us in the full sun, it burns.
Buxus faulkner is much hardier, and then ofcourse the beautifull African Buxus macrowanii. All makes good bonsai material.

I love your 'Oak' you are nailing it!

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Post  Poink88 on Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:36 pm

Russell Coker wrote:I'm still sick over losing this one...

Oh man, I would be too!!! affraid

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:31 pm



Andre, all I can figure is that it's our lack of winter. They seem happy a couple of hundred miles inland, and they actually have hotter weather than we have here on the Gulf Coast. But they also have a winter that we don't have. The ones I've seen planted here look great for a couple of years, then they begin to weaken and the scale gets really bad. It's like watching a really really slow death. I've never heard of the ones you mention so I'll have to do some snooping around and see if anyone has them here. They certainly aren't in the nursery trade!

Dario, I still have the top half. It will eventually go into a windswept group - just have to find the other trees first!

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Post  Ryan B on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:06 pm

Russel,
My condolences, that was a beautiful specimen for sure. Great on the slab too! It real or is that a Joe Day too? Lol. Yet another thing the illustrious founder of you guys' Bonsai society pioneered. Cannot remember where I read that Joe came up with the "Live Oak Style." One of those passing tidbits of info whose source quickly falls by the wayside.
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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:40 pm



Ryan B wrote: Great on the slab too! It real or is that a Joe Day too? Lol.


It's as "real" as any stone slab - and was carved by Joe. I'm happy to have it, I think it's one of his best ever.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Ryan B on Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:42 pm

True that! I guess "real" was a poor choice of words. Perhaps I meant "all natural", not that it matters a whit, Joe's slabs are tops.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:31 am


Here's victim, I mean subject 2...

front


left side


back


right side


Trimmed, plucked and wired most of the afternoon, back at it tomorrow.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Jay Wilson on Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:21 pm

Russell, I think this one will be even better that the first one! I really like the trunk and branching.

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Post  Zach Smith on Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:11 pm

Russell Coker wrote:
Here's victim, I mean subject 2...

Trimmed, plucked and wired most of the afternoon, back at it tomorrow.

Very nice material, Russell. Keep us posted.

Zach

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  JimLewis on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:55 am

For the last week I've been in a part of this country where the term "live oak" is never heard so missed the start of this thread.

Let a fellow live-oak-boxwood lover and maker add a belated "well done" to the chorus.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:20 pm


Here's a quick before and after shot, work in progress. I have about 9 hours in it from Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully it won't rain this weekend like it has all week. I'm already dreading having to remove all of this wire when the time comes...


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Mitch Thomas on Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:04 pm

Thanks Russell
A picture is worth a thousand words! Now I can see the technique much clearer.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Sam Ogranaja on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:52 pm

Russell Coker wrote:



Russell, you have some awesome trees, but (of the ones I've seen) this one takes the cake for me. I'd like first bid on this tree if you ever get rid of it Very Happy

What happened to your other tree on that amazing slab by Joe? You mentioned you still have the top, did parts of it die back? I hope not, that tree is a stunner as well. Please keep us updated.

I hope you have a great weekend!!!
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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:25 am

Okay, I spent the better part of last weekend and yesterday on the beast. I don't mind telling you that I glad these are the only 2 I have in pots now, and that I don't want to see another boxwood for quite some time!

So here are the "after" pictures...









I decided to go in a different direction with the pot. This was a grift from a friend 20 years ago. He told me "I don't like boxwoods", so I thought this was appropriate tongue



This one weighs a ton. I'm not looking forward to removing all of this wire! These's more work to do, lots of carving, but it can wait until early spring.


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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Russell Coker on Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:55 pm




Hey Sam, sorry I missed your post.

The one on the slab was 2 trees twisted together. It had been dug (more like chopped) from a landscape and a friend rescued it from the trash pile for me. It always had a compromised root system but seemed vigorous so I didn't worry too much. It had been in a pot for over a year when I moved it to the stone. That picture was taken in June or July, can't remember. Later in the summer I noticed the lower portion was wilted and it went down hill fast. There had been no indications of stress, so I don't know what took it out. The top half is doing fine.

Thanks for your kind words, I prefer the first one to the second. Btw, the second in the red Chinese pot is also a trash pile rescue.

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Re: Live Oaks and Boxwoods

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:50 pm

Impressive, and contemplative,as usual Russell.
Just in case you are wondering, the term, contemplative, is probably the highest compliment one can give to an oil painting or sculpture. cheers cheers cheers

Thanks for posting.
Later.
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