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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:39 pm

beautiful material will. look forward to seeing how you develop/carve this old stock. really nice possibilities.

best wishes, sam

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Post  Guest on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:44 pm

Thanks Sam. Looking at the lumps and burrs on this tree, I think it must be very old. The top 2 cuts are a bit rough and its difficult to see the rings. When the wood has dried properly, I will sand it and count the age.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:08 pm

Lovely find and lots of character on that trunk, WOW!!!
How's your back and knees? Smile
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Post  Guest on Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:22 am

Todd Ellis wrote:Lovely find and lots of character on that trunk, WOW!!!
How's your back and knees? Smile
Todd

Back and knees are fine thanks Todd. My arms are bloody killing me though. Hitting Sycamore roots with a spade every five minutes takes it out of you. I dug a two foot trench all the way round the Box and it wouldn't move at all. How we suffer for our art!!

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Post  MIKEB on Wed Nov 03, 2010 1:32 pm

I dont often comment but i wish you would really reconsider any "serious" carving on those boxwoods. first off they are very tough and should be fine till spring, i collect them any time of year but we dont get that cold here in east Texas. those boxwoods are OLD. They are HUGE. In my opinion i think carving is over used. In the proper situations it can be very dramatic. But these guys are really old with big huge trunks and i bet roots. they make the most gorgeous oak style. It will be a long term project but welllllll worth it. They are not my trees ( i collected 3 big ones last year in late November with no problems, they were really heavy also) but i would appreciate them for what they are. I bet they are much much older than you are and the stories they could tell. they have small leaves and ramify nicely. it will take a few years to get branches to match the trunk but it would be worth the wait. its a shame you didnt have time to layer those branches off. they would have given you many years head start on some good projects. Just my opinion. thanks.

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Post  F. Waheedy on Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:27 pm

What a lovely tree, Will. And I'm sure in your experienced hands, it will make another specimen tree in a few years.

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Post  bonsai monkey on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:10 pm

Fantastic find Will. I'm sure in your expert hands it will be a stunning tree.
Looks like I'll have to post, or show you when you come down, my Box that I got earlier thie year.

Keep up the good work mate,
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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:29 pm

Thankyou for your input Mike. Because these Box were in deep shade, there was about 5 feet of branch above the cuts and little side branching before the top. I agree that carving can be over done and more importantly, badly done. To build decent taper without carving will take longer than I have left on this planet unfortunately.

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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:15 pm

Thanks Faisal. I hope to do this tree justice in the future.

Thanks Simon. Show me your Box? I'd rather concentrate on trees when I come down to your club. Shocked

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Post  F. Waheedy on Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:42 pm

Good I didn't mention my box, Will.
would get the same answer as Simon :-))

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:41 pm

Went back for the second one at the weekend.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:44 pm

This one only took half an hour, compared with five for the first one. There were no big trees close by.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:47 pm

Bagged taped and ready for the van

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:50 pm

All the old soil removed. I also reduced the taller branch.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:55 pm

Potted up. I reduced the top as it had a really straight section and some inverse taper

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:58 pm

I wet the cut section to count the rings. I counted 90+ and there were areas that I couldnt make out the rings, as they were to small.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:18 pm

This is roughly where the front will be.

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Post  Harleyrider on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:30 pm

It looks a lot bigger now I've got it home.

As the actress said to the Bishop.


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Post  bonsai monkey on Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:11 pm

will baddeley wrote:Thanks Simon. Show me your Box? I'd rather concentrate on trees when I come down to your club. Shocked

Sorry Will, bad use of language (as usual Sad )
Nice 2nd collection btw

Looks like I'm geeting your collecting habit as I've been in touch with the local council today about lifting a Hawthorn in a verge.
What can of worms have I opened here?!?!?

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:31 pm

Hello Simon. Good luck with gaining permission, even if you don't succeed this time. There's a whole load of really good material out there, with your name on them.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:15 pm

Yeah, good luck with the council. Every time I've tried that route in the UK, there's been an 'elf and safety restriction, a public liability insurance requirement or a plain flat NO. Doesn't stop me trying though.

We have had a lot more luck with the Forestry Commission but, sadly, they are getting more hidebound too.

Excellent Box collections Will. I look forward to seeing their development, once established.

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Post  Guest on Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:04 am

Thanks Kev. The last time I gained permission on Forestry Commision land, they asked me to fill out a risk assessment and insisted there was a minimum of two people on a specified date. More difficult but possible.

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Post  Cockroach on Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:10 pm

Any updates on these trees?

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