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Struck by Lightning

Post  cosmos on Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:40 pm

During a storm it is very dangerous to stand under a tree because of the risk of being struck by lightning. A tree protrudes from the earth’s surface and its inside is moist and thus is a better conductor than air for electricity. These together with the fact that electricity seeks the path of least resistance makes a tree prone to be hit by lightning so that it reaches the ground faster and easier. When a lightning hits a tree, the latter suffers damage that can even cause its death. Usually the damage takes the form of wood and bark blasting off along the length of the trunk.

In this unusual Olive, Ignazio is trying to create this struck-by-lightning effect. Indeed, the final image of the tree will be one that hints at the occurrence of such an event years back but that the tree moved on in its struggle to survive. And hopefully its image will inspire and motivate us in our daily life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEqNJ-TXo0s

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:56 pm

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Struck by lightning (Part 2)

Post  cosmos on Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:47 pm

In this video, Ignazio Giambrone continues to work on the deadwood. He hollows out the trunk and makes more preliminary elaborate work to naturalize the deadwood effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgX-iGGqjiA&feature=youtu.be

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Post  BobbyLane on Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:33 pm

Its not very often you see in depth videos like this on great carving techniques, beginners could learn a lot from these, i see folks paying hundreds of £ to learn. but here its being shown for free, so thanks for sharing.

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Post  cosmos on Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:42 pm

Thanks BobbyLane, I really appreciate your positive feedback. That was always my intention: to pass knowledge gained to others so that they could enjoy the joy of bonsai, and learn the techniques and the journeys one could endeavor in order to achieve 'their' goal.

And here is part 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a12sv9YFkV4

Ignazio Giambrone continues adding more detail to the deadwood part of the tree. The journey is just at the beginning. More finer details will follow in order to make the deadwood look as natural as possible. In order to put this massive tree into a bonsai pot, parts of the extending nebari had to be removed, but the parts removed are now potential material for mame bonsai.

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Post  Eric F on Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:25 am

I saw a silk oak in Fl blow up from a strike. It made toothpicks that went flying five or six houses away. You see lots of stricken trees in Fl. that keep living. But not that silk oak, it blew up. The force of mother nature is incredible sometimes.

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