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First attempt at carving

Post  PeacefulAres on Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:54 pm

When I say first attempt, I mean first, ever. I did this mostly to build some confidence for using my rotary tool to carve up a tree. I tried to follow the logic of just carving in an irregular pattern, so that when the wood dies back, and rots out a bit, i can come back and make a final decision about what the hollow should look like. I would like some honest criticism wherever possible.




I'm kind of proud of this one. I think I worked with the natural shape of the tree pretty well.


I'll be honest, I'm not really sure what I was going for with this part. Maybe it will evolve into something better with time.

Any suggestions would be nice.

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:13 pm

Looks pretty decent. I have one comment... try to avoid pockets where water will stand. This will only increase or speed-up the rotting.

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Post  PeacefulAres on Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:20 pm

aman wrote:Looks pretty decent. I have one comment... try to avoid pockets where water will stand. This will only increase or speed-up the rotting.

Isn't that the intent, if you are trying to form a hollow?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:16 pm

What is the species?

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Post  marcus watts on Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:42 pm

PeacefulAres wrote:
aman wrote:Looks pretty decent. I have one comment... try to avoid pockets where water will stand. This will only increase or speed-up the rotting.

Isn't that the intent, if you are trying to form a hollow?

yes, one of the most natural ways to finish the work is to let water collect and make the hollows you cant reach with the carver - use no preserver or lime S either, let it weather to a nice finish then preserve it after.

nice start

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Post  PeacefulAres on Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:13 am

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:What is the species?

I believe it is morus rubra, or red mulberry. I have a couple more that I plan to collect this year.

This is sort of a random thought, but I think in the future, I will try to feature the heartwood of these red mulberries in any composition I create. As you can see, it's a very beautiful shade of orange-brown. It just seems like it would be lovely on any tree.

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Post  PeacefulAres on Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:25 am

I should've mentioned that the container the tree is in is a dish tub. I forgot to put anything in the picture for scale, but one of those tubs is about a foot or more across.

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Post  abcd on Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:27 am

Hello, look at this natural dead wood photographie on deciduous tree ( prunus mahaleb ) , the dead wood is not plate, making hollows and bumps will be better , to dig under the bark all around the dead wood .

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Dec 08, 2012 1:13 pm

Not say that Mulberry will not work as Bonsai, but
1. I don't think I have ever seen one used.
2. The leaves are rather large.
3. I think the wood is very soft.

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Post  Belgium beginner on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:11 pm

They exist, surge under the name Morus alba bonsai and Morus nigra bonsai
The name albo and nigra is not the coulor off the fruits
Nigra - dees berry's are more hairy than the alba's
I have a smal three off Morus alba
The leaves or not really big, smaller than Tilia

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Post  PeacefulAres on Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:57 pm

abcd wrote:Hello, look at this natural dead wood photographie on deciduous tree ( prunus mahaleb ) , the dead wood is not plate, making hollows and bumps will be better , to dig under the bark all around the dead wood .

[img][/img]

Yeah, that's what I was attempting to do with the middle trunk. I just didn't want to bite off more than I could chew.

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:Not say that Mulberry will not work as Bonsai, but
1. I don't think I have ever seen one used.
2. The leaves are rather large.
3. I think the wood is very soft.

The leaves actually reduce very well. After being pruned a few times, they can end up five to ten times smaller than the natural leaves. And from what I understand, mulberry wood is a little less hard than white oak.
I don't know how this will look in a couple years, but it's mostly a learning experience. .

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