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Transforming a Larch

Post  chris on Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:20 pm

I am in a very nice position in that I get to work with bonsai most days of the week in one way or another.
One of the best days is when I work with very gifted people, people who have worked hard to gain the ability to create great images from collected material.
Today was one of those days.
Mike Feildhouse worked a small larch






After talking about the options that could be seen in the tree Mike set to work, first one trunk was to be repositioned and this was hollowed and filled with wire. It was then bound with raffia.



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Post  chris on Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:31 pm

With the preparation done it was time to slowly bend the trunk









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Post  chris on Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:37 pm

Mike was now happy with the position of the trunk and it was now a case of the branch settings to give the image







This is a great result Mike, its well on its way to being a stunning tree

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Post  john jones on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:02 am

Greetings Chris,

Did I miss the obvious again?  

What is that tool in photos 4 and 5?  It looks like a Dremel tool, but I'm not sure.

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John Jones.

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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Dec 07, 2013 2:30 am



Quite a transformation... love it!

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Post  chris on Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:17 am

Hi John and Russ and thanks for the replies
Hopefully Mike will answer the tool question or I will photo it and tell you later

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Post  Mikey F on Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:56 am

Chris,
Thanks for posting the photos and your help yesterday.

John,
The tool is a Flexi Drive, you can pick them up for about £10 from any good DIY/Bonsai/Auction shop. Its attaches to the end of your Dremel, see the photo below and the drill bit then attaches at the other end. With the flexible cord I find it more ergonomic for detail carving than holding the Dremel itself.



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Why didn't you split the branche? Any reason why you didn't?

Post  Roel Dekker on Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:18 am

chris wrote:I am in a very nice position in that I get to work with bonsai most days of the week in one way or another.
One of the best days is when I work with very gifted people, people who have worked hard to gain the ability to create great images from collected material.
Today was one of those days.
Mike Feildhouse worked a small larch






After talking about the options that could be seen in the tree Mike set to work, first one trunk was to be repositioned and this was hollowed and filled with wire. It was then bound with raffia.



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Re: Transforming a Larch

Post  fiona on Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:32 am

Please note that many readers will probably not see questions if they are put it in the Post title instead of the main body of the post.

Roel's question was "Why didn't you split the branch? Any reason why you didn't?"



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Post  chris on Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:27 pm

Hi Roel,
No need to split the branch, taking out the heart wood makes it very easy to bend and you still get full bark cover with no mark of the healing as in the full split approach.

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Re: Transforming a Larch

Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Dec 08, 2013 2:12 pm

Nice tree! Thank you for the tutorial Very Happy 

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Post  chris on Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:46 am

Thank you for your reply Todd

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Post  lordy on Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:54 pm

what's in the bag?

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Post  AlainK on Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:26 pm

To me, it looks awkward: I'd cut off one of the two trunks, and make it a true tree.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:01 am

...ok, I'll bite... I've seen many convincing two trunked trees in nature and as bonsai. This larch slants and suggests a two line semi cascade tree. I don't understand why Alan doesn't view this style as a "true" tree. I think losing one of the trunks would reduce the illusion of age in this one. I would keep the two trunks.

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Post  chris on Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:49 am

Hi Alain and Todd
As you would expect all options were looked at with this tree and it was looked at as a one trunk tree, (I would have gone with the lower branch in that case), but that might not have then had that branch in that position.
One of the easy ways to style is to simplify, reduce etc but in this case and this is a really nice size chohin
with enough trunk diameter to take the two apexes Mike went with this image.
The other thing is to understand that this is only one of many stunning trees that Mike has so it depends what he wants to fit within his garden.
Thanks for the replies

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