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advanced juniper technique

Post  Arno on Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:45 am

Hi All,
I dont quite understand the technique seen in most older show quality junipers, where the live veins are cleaned of the outer grey ugly bark , and left with bright smooth red bark. I understand the jinning and stripping of the dead areas, but what is done to the live bark to look like its does? Wire brush?, if so how much , is the bark treated to get the rather shiny look?

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  JimLewis on Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:41 pm

Most junipers have brown flaky bark.  For some reason, many bonsaiests like to peel the outer bark off to expose the newly forming red bark underneath.  I doubt that wire brush comes into the picture very often because it could damage the tender(ish) new bark, though a fiber brush might be used.  Then, a light oil is sometimes rubbed into the red bark at show time to brighten it.

I dunno if this is an "advanced" technique or not. Personally, I think that all make the trees look very artificial, but it is 100% a matter of taste.

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  Precarious on Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:05 pm

I agree with Jim. Here is an example, though not juniper, of how artificial it can look. Go the the seventh picture down, and you can see how the coloration of the trunk stops at the highly ramified branches. Looks almost manmade to me.
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t16007-some-bonsai-from-japanese-ambience-festival-at-lauritzen-garden-nebraska?highlight=lauritzen

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  Arno on Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:56 pm

Thanks, didnt really think it was all that adavnced, but i was curious. I havent really decided if i like it either. Matter of taste i supose. My trees have always been for me anyway, there is a very small club here, but I tend to be on my own. The IBC, continues to be my favorite resource, thanks all

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  appalachianOwl on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:37 am

I am not a personal fan of this method either. Here though Arno, is a video that shows the technique process:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAhVGIAP83M&index=3&list=PL7473558E5F81AE37

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  Arno on Fri Jan 23, 2015 12:47 am

Thanks owl,good video.I have to admit that tree is nice , dont think i would have the courage to start scraping it though

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Re: advanced juniper technique

Post  appalachianOwl on Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:35 pm

Hey yeah sure. I liked it better before Wink.
dont think i would have the courage to start scraping it though wrote:
Would have been leery myself!

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