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Post  kenduncan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:55 pm

Here is a BC that I worked on not too long ago.
What do y'all think.
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twin trunk bc

Post  art_rod on Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:02 pm

looks real good !
can you give tree heights & trunk sizes etc. ?

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Post  kenduncan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:49 pm

Hi Art, Thank You.
The tree is 40" tall from the edge of the pot and 11" wide at the soil line.
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Post  redvw5 on Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:36 pm

I like this very much. How did you get such wonderful taper? I have thought taper such as this was only possible with a large carved or shaved portion. I dont see any trunk scars.

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Post  kenduncan on Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:22 pm

Thank You, it is carved. It was a single trunk stump when it was collected about 12 years ago.
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Post  art_rod on Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:17 pm

kenduncan wrote:Hi Art, Thank You.
The tree is 40" tall from the edge of the pot and 11" wide at the soil line.
Ken

Ken
How big & deep is your pot ?

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Post  mr treevolution on Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:26 pm

Lovely swamp you have there, one of my favourite styles for bonsai too! I have a couple in development but not so tapered, was it collected? Really wish we had them here in the UK as wildings to go out and collect. I have used field grown/nursery stock. Personally i would remove the small branch at the bottom of the major trunk.

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Post  Velodog2 on Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:50 am

Oh my! I see it now - the space between the trunks is a hollow where the rest of the tree was, correct?! Clever. Gives a very nice effect, at least in the picture. Do you have any other views?

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Post  Storm on Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:37 am

I really liked this! Thanks for sharing. Please post pictures of how its going Wink

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Post  leonardo on Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:15 am

I might...well just a tiny bit.......
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Post  JimLewis on Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:43 pm

Ken, I hope we'll see this tree (as is) in Asheville this fall.

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Post  sixhunter on Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:40 pm

BEAUTIFUL TAPER, the proportions looks goood

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Post  Budi Sulistyo on Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:48 pm

Nice tree. Leonardo's comment is worth to consider,though.

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Post  Smithy on Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:04 pm

I love what you have done with this.

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:56 pm

I'm liking this tree a lot! I agree that the lowest branch on the main trunk needs removing. I think I prefer the tree/s the way they are, without any larger clumps of foliage.

And I'm impressed with your technique of creating a twin trunk from a single, larger trunk. I can see me using that idea at some point!

Are these trees suitable for the British climate/weather?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:03 pm

They do quite well in the UK. I've been working on one for a few years in North Wales and have many more from seed. They like more water than most trees, same as Alder or Wisteria. They come from seed, cuttings, airlayer and ground layer easily. They also fatten rapidly if ground grown.

This one is a really imaginative and beautifully executed use of carving one stump to create a twin trunk. I had to give it a really hard stare, after I knew it was carved, to see what had been done.

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:41 pm

Thanks for that, Kev. Whilst I prefer native species, I'm beginning to see that as long as a tree can deal with our lovely weather there is no reason not to 'have a go'.
I've added bald cypress to my mental list of possibilities.

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Post  AlainK on Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:20 pm

Harleyrider wrote:
Are these trees suitable for the British climate/weather?

I think so. Where I live ("Continental" France, zone 8 ) there are may of these in parks, some well over 100 years old. I have sevearl tfrom seeds I planted a couple of years ago, they are all safe and sound after winters with several days below 10° Celsius.

But: in their native habitat, the growing season is longer and they probably develop faster, in particular the base will probably fatten up quicker.

Yet they are fast growers in our old Europe as well : they developp twice as fast as Dunkeld larch in my garden...

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Post  John Quinn on Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:36 pm

This tree looks great in person!

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:37 pm

Thanks for that Alain. I think I might just try my luck with a couple of seedlings from Monsieur Kev. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, eh?

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Post  kenduncan on Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:42 pm

I want to think everyone for there comments.

Art, the pot is 22" wide and 5.5" deep.

Mr Treevolution, the tree was collected.

Velodog2, I will post some more pics later, I do not have access to them at this time.

Hi Jim, thank You. I do plan to take it to Asheville. Maybe changed only a little.

Storm, Sixhunter, Leonardo, Budi, Smithy and Harleyrider, Thank you all for your replies.

Hi John Q. I have worked on this one a lot since You last saw it.
Ken


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Post  kenduncan on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:39 pm

Leonardo,
Thank You for taking the time to do a virtual of my tree. There is a reason that the top of this tree looks the way that it does, it is because most of the Bald Cypress that I see look like this. The so called "flat top style". My intention is to have this tree look as natural as possible. In my opinion If the top was done as most Bonsai it would loose that natural look that I see in the Cypress swamps of South Carolina.
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Post  kenduncan on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:48 pm

I pruned this tree on Sunday, it had grown a lot while I was away from home for 10 days.
Here is a before and after.
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Alligators with that sir?

Post  Jeremy on Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:53 pm

Ken,
Thank you for posting.
I.M.H.O. A very convincing, powerful and peaceful image.
Harleyrider wrote:Are these trees suitable for the British climate/weather?
I think you get a few alligators with every tree you keep. Wink

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:09 pm

OK, Im slow... you said the two trunks are actually remnants of the original single trunk and that you carved the center out from between the two sections of cambium>

Either way, looks great.

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