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OAK IN A ROCK

Post  mike page on Tue Sep 04, 2012 10:59 pm




Coast Live Oak (quercus agrifolia) collected many years ago. It's been in a pot for a long time. Today I decided it was time for a change.
I hatchet carved this piece of California lava several years ago. In the top of the rock, I hacked out a planting pocked shaped like a rectangular bonsai pot and made it about 4 inches deep. It has a drain hole that goes down to near the base of the rock.
After preparing the rock, I planted thE Oak in the cavity.
Overall height including the Oak is about 28 inches.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:01 pm

FUN! The rock looks like roots.

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Post  PaulH on Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:59 pm

Cool!
Mike, some of your creations take bonsai to an interesting artistic place, much like Nick Lenz and some of Kimura's more progressive stuff.
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Post  mike page on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:03 am

PaulH wrote:Cool!
Mike, some of your creations take bonsai to an interesting artistic place, much like Nick Lenz and some of Kimura's more progressive stuff.
Paul

Paul, thanks for your generous coments. Very Happy

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Post  cbobgo on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:29 am

Very interesting, but does it really need the pot?

- bob

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Post  Steven on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:45 am

I agree with the questions as to whether it needs the pot, as that part looks funny to me, however the tree itself and the rock are awesome

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:36 am

Mike, I'll take your pot! ThumbsUp I like your tree and the rock is very ... organic!
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Post  JudyB on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:05 pm

I dig this. I'd like to see it without the pot as well.... very cool.

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Post  mike page on Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:44 pm

The reason the rock is in a pot: the base of the rock is so much smaller than the top that it has an unsteady feeling. This may not be the right pot, and I plan to experiment further in hopes of finding the right base. I may go to a rock supply and find a piece of black slate to epoxy to to the base. Stay tuned. Changes are coming.

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Post  Norma on Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:31 pm

Hi Mike,

Interesting creation!! The only problem I see with gluing the rock to a slate slab is where the water goes. What are the dimensions of the base of the rock? Perhaps it could be attached to a suiban with floral clay and thus corral the water. I have about five different size suibans by Sara Rayner that are a dark gray like your rock. Just a thought.....good luck!

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Post  marcus watts on Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:48 pm

Hi Mike -

just drill a hole up the rock, make a spike sticking up from the display area and stick the rock on the spike.

do you plan some hanging greenery ? quite a barren apocolyptic scene for a lovely oak atm

lovely work on the rock too

cheers marcus

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Post  mike page on Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:51 pm

Thanks Marcus. I appreciate you kind comments.

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Post  mike page on Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:55 pm

Rock in a suiban.


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HAIKU FOR OAK

Post  mike page on Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:07 am

HIGH ON ROCKY MOUNT

GREAT MASTER OF THE LANDSCAPE

ANCIENT OAK SURVIVES

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Post  Norma on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:03 am

LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!! cheers

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:05 am

Much better Mike.

IMHo- moss distributed unevenly at the base of the cliff will enhance the "cliff" image,,,then sand on the of the ground.

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Post  Norma on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:16 am

Hi jun,

The tray is a water suiban and should not have moss or sand; I believe it would distract from the sculpture of the rock and tree.

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Post  Guest on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:51 am

Yes Norma, i know.

The problem with this set up is always the illusion on scale. the flat calm water surface never match the scale of a landscape. I made several experiment my self some are posted here in IBC using the same technique in a much detailed scale, but it is so complicated to do and very hard to maintain.

..an alternative to water maybe is fine grain sand, then add some stones at the base of the cliff.

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