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Post  Guest on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:12 pm

Collected this massive Yew about 4 years ago. original tree was 20 ft. Took me 5 hours to dig it out and it then spent 2 yrs in a large box to recover. Initial carving was created with a chainsaw to remove bulk,then i used a Makita and Dremmel for the finer work. Still not happy with the carving yet but moving it near a source of power on my own is difficult .The mere thought gives me a hernia!

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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:16 pm

I know there is a movement to taking bonsai back to the 'smaller tree', but you gotta love them chunkers!

5 hours well spent, I'd say.

Did you not think of putting it on a wheeled trolley?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:21 pm

5 hrs? I read 4 years and probaly a bit more?

Excellent stump and good work so far. Keep it well supplied with lime and fed. I love Yews!

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Post  littlebobby on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:29 pm

I couldn't even afford the bliddy pot Sad

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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:33 pm

Methinks you may be pleasantly suprised, lb.

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Post  littlebobby on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:38 pm

how so?

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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:42 pm

Sorry, I was still thinking about the 'hawthorn' thread. I was trying to say that you may be pleasantly suprised at the price of good hawthorn material.

Alternatively, you could always seek out a suitable specimen growing near you. After asking permission to remove it, of course.

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Post  littlebobby on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:45 pm

[quote="Harleyrider"]Sorry, I was still thinking about the 'hawthorn' thread. I was trying to say that you may be pleasantly suprised at the price of good hawthorn material.

Alternatively, you could always seek out a suitable specimen growing near you. After asking permission to remove it, of course.[/quote]


Aye. there's a wetland near me where I walk my dog. it's plumb in the middle of an urban area, but you can see Herons, Buzzards, Hawks, grouse, pheasants and allsorts. It's groovy. There's a few big old Hawthorns and a few oaks that are prime kit, but I dunno how to get permission from as I don't know who owns the land.

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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:51 pm

A quick phone call to your local council would be a good starting point. If it's public land, it's a safe bet that they have their grubby little fingers in it somewhere.

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Extremely big Yew

Post  Guest on Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:10 am

Heres a closer pic

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:14 am

The pot its in is second hand.Its cheap mass produced Chinese and cost me a tenner. When i eventually pluck up the courage to move it to a suitable place to work on it [ brief spell in hospital included], i would love to see it in an English pot. Unfortunately my kiln is no where near big enough,so i will be parting with some serious dosh in the near future. The Yew came from Forrestry Commision land by the way!

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Post  Tony on Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:26 pm

Hi Will, for sure this is a but lump...nice work so far on creating interest in the deadwood.

Big trees such as yours are great fun but it comes at a cost... pots... tables and bad backs. Tell me one bonsai artist who's body is not screwed due to carrying big trees.

Lee... show us your scar again mate Suspect

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Post  fiona on Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:12 pm

Tony wrote: Lee... show us your scar again mate Suspect
Please don't. I just sat down to my lunch! No

Will, what diameter pot are you estimating for the big fella?

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Post  Smithy on Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:49 pm

I work as a gardener and i dig stumps out quite often at work and yes i have to go into hospital for a hernia operation next week. Sad

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:08 pm

Hi T ony. I myself have a hernia.Waiting for hospital appointment at the moment.[how we suffer for our art!] With hindsight i should have left it where it was but my bonsai goggles got the better of me.It has been fun though and people on seeing it are gobsmacked.
Hi Fionnghal. The internal pot measurements are 22" by 18" or 560mm by 460mm, and thats all nebari!

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:09 pm

Hi T ony. I myself have a hernia.Waiting for hospital appointment at the moment.[how we suffer for our art!] With hindsight i should have left it where it was but my bonsai goggles got the better of me.It has been fun though and people on seeing it are gobsmacked.
Hi Fionnghal. The internal pot measurements are 22" by 18" or 560mm by 460mm, and thats all nebari!

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Post  Smithy on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:13 pm

Hi Will ,I was the one who posted saying i have a hernia not tony unless he has one also. My avatar does look a little like tony though Wink

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Post  Guest on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:35 pm

Hi Smithy. Sorry for the confusion. Seems like a herrnia is the new Itoigawa,a must have for the discerning bonsai enthusiast !

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Post  Lee Kennedy on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:43 pm

If you havent had a hernia your just messing around with bonsai!
My scar is 5 and a half inches,for comparison a friend had a 9lb10 oz baby by caeserian through a 5 inch cut pale

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Post  Smithy on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:45 pm

Now your scaring me lee, i've got to go in next week and never had an op before. How long were you off work as i don't get sick pay.

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Post  Smithy on Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:48 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hi Smithy. Sorry for the confusion. Seems like a herrnia is the new Itoigawa,a must have for the discerning bonsai enthusiast !
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lol!

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Post  Les S on Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:50 pm

Hi The British Shohin Association is obviously the place for you to move to, I have never suffered from a hernia through carrying or working on a shohin sizes tree Cool cheers

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Post  fiona on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:13 pm

Les S wrote: ... The British Shohin Association is obviously the place for you to move to...
Nice plug, Les. I shall have to nominate you a committee member now.

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Post  Tony on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:18 pm

Smithy wrote:Hi Will ,I was the one who posted saying i have a hernia not tony unless he has one also. My avatar does look a little like tony though Wink

A) Tony does NOT have a Hernia cheers coz he concentrates on SMALL trees and only has ONE big Escallonia.

B) What's this Comparethemeerkat.com? take a look


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Post  littlebobby on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:21 pm

well, I was born with a hernia, so that makes me a natural born bonsai dude. Many years of martial arts training should have given me an extremely robust set of core muscles, but it's my herniated wallet that causes me problems, so if anybody wants someone to help with manual labour in exchange for a nice chunky hawthorn or two, my servies are at your disposal Smile

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