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Post  cram on Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:30 am

hello
i show you my last work to get some advices
this tree has been given to me by a friend living closed to the sea tree years ago
then it was really in bad conditions
yellow..little broken pot
bad soil
and the works were bad
the branches are marqued by the wire
and the dead wood machinework did not respected the veins of the wood

so repoting
two years of good conditions
and i form it yesterday
first the dead wood
and the wiring and bending of the branches
sorry for my poor english
i m waiting for your advices
i show you first the pictures before the work
[img][img=http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9476/dsc03151ij.th.jpg][/img]

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Post  cram on Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:34 am

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Post  cram on Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:43 am

the dead wood during the work[img][/img]
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Post  cram on Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:51 am

and the final result
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two front sides possible
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and the other sides
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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:41 am

uhh no answers...
i hope i did not say something wrong?
be kind with me ...it s my first post

so..i post two more pictures af the two possibles front sides
with the right future repoting angle

any suggestions ....even really bad ...will be helpfull

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:43 am

Looks like a stunning little Yew. It would help if you posted the link to the larger sized pictures as the thumbnails don't encourage people to view.

I like this one

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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:33 am

oops ok
sorry i 'd surely choose the bad link to the picture
i will try another
with the second photo
i am a little slow on this topics but i will make better on the next one

first try[img][/img]

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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:38 am

second one Laughing


ok that s it
it is ok now ...no more little picture

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Post  dorothy7774 on Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:24 pm

Nice and healthy tree, cram! Since you asked for advice, the branchlets on the first two branches are wired a bit too steep down for my taste, forming two large pads instead of layers and playful branches.

Other than that good job (especially getting the tree back to health)!

-dorothy

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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:05 pm

you re right...
it is one of my problems ...
i bend down a little too much the branches
in fact its also because they will come back up a little after pull out the wires

but it is also a default of styling i will have to correct in the time on all my works
you will see ...with my futures posts

anyway thank you for the encouraging answer...

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Post  Mike Pollock on Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:41 pm

I prefer the deadwood on the second view. This seems like the best focal point of the tree. If you bring the foliage around to that side I think you would have the strongest tree.

Congratulations on posting your first tree.

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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:08 pm

thank you!
yes ...like you... i prefere the second view for the dead wood
but the tree seems (to me...)to be maybe more "equilibrate" on the other side
(maybe because the foliage is around this other face)
then..in fact... i don t know exactly...
it is still confused for me to define the real front side of the trees i work
very often ...i change the face a the second styling
worth...it is usally the old back side...
that give to me the feeling that i don t really control the styling i do
even if the second shape is usually better
i hope the time and the practice will change this
and maybe i ll can make the styling in one time ...

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:21 pm

Like Mike, I think the deadwood in the second picture is far better. But I have to agree with Kev that the first view is more pleasing to the eye. The tree just seems to flow better in that direction.

Oddly enough, when I think about it, I usually opt for a left to right sweep as my favourite position. Is this something to do with me being right handed? Has anyone else noticed a similar thing?

Anyway, Cram, this is already a very nice little Yew. It's obviously very healthy, and showing signs of future beauty. Congratulations!

I've got to collect my own Taxus from Tony's on Burr's day. Seeing yours has got me itching to start work on it! Alas, I have at least another year to wait before initial styling can begin. *sigh*

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Post  iasnore on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:31 pm

I think many of us Westerners connect more closely with a left to right flow in our trees, and I believe it is related to the fact that we're accustomed to reading in that direction. Arrow On a daily basis, we're bombarded with words that flow from left to right.

Or maybe it's something entirely different. scratch

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Post  cram on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:43 pm

i think you re right iasnore
the direction of reading is the origine...
but...anyway ..this doesnt explain why i return the front side of the trees so often
maybe it s me?...arg
well ...
harleyrider ...you seems to know how health is the first factor to check before working...
i think it s really the base of bonsai ...
work onlly on strong trees...after it s only expression and pleasure
for the moment i have learned the culture
now i am learning styling...with your help

you re all really friendly...i will post another tree soon...

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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:48 pm

Excellent first post. I tooprefer the second choice of front. Not such a flat image. Are you sure its cuspidata? Looks like bacatta to me.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:26 pm

The two are VERY similar in bonsai cultivation. Grown in the ground, the differences become more obvious. Slightly larger needles on cuspidata.

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Post  John Quinn on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:42 pm

I also prefer the tree with the apex sweeping towards the right. I have also wondered about this preference...certainly my eye is accustomed to reading left to right as has been stated. People have a dominant eye as well, slightly more often the right eye. Interestingly, as I briefly scanned through a Kokufu album I did see quite a number of trees with a right to left movement.
Of course, some might argue that it would be better to attempt to keep the tree looking as good as possible from both 'fronts'. Cool

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Post  bhellige47 on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:01 am

Hey cram! Beautiful tree!

On the subject of left to right sweeping trees, I think it may have to do with both. I am a lefty and I tend to like the "backs" of bonsai more than the stated fronts. We are all different and what you think is the best, is the best for your bonsai (in my opinion).

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Post  cram on Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:22 am

ok i see the opinions to see the front side are divided..like i am

anyway..now..i have to let it grow peacefully..after this heavy work
i will show it to you next year....
and i hope you ll can help me to refine the tree and find the right front face
Wink time will tell

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Post  cram on Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:44 am

left this tree
right a baccata
the left one is more blue in winter ...the needles a bigger
but there is already two or tree bonsaika who tells me the same...on picture
so ...i don t really know but if it is not a cuspidata
it s a different cultivar than the baccatas i got



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Post  Storm on Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:57 am

What a nice tree! Id like to see more of it in the future

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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:46 pm

There are several cultivars of Baccata that i am aware of and this looks like one to me. Has'nt Cuspidata got more rounded, short foliage?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:33 pm

No, cuspidata has larger and slightly more rounded needles, though both reduce considerably in bonsai cultivation.

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Post  Jay Gaydosh on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:42 pm

Right shift, left shift, its all a matter of personal preference.

Here is the solution, put the tree on a stand with the movement going left to right. Now every week rotate it 180 degrees. If the tree doesn't get dizzy and fall off the stand, it will al be good!

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