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Post  AndyRutledge on Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:12 pm

I received this shimpaku from my teacher, Nick Lenz, a couple months ago.



(ABOVE) The shimpaku as I received it (after just removing the downward-pointing foliage)

After cleaning up the bark a bit, adjusting the trunk angle (on the X and Y axes) and wiring, here is the restyled shimpaku:



Hope you enjoy.

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Andy

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Post  Hans Vleugels on Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:22 pm

Like it!!! ThumbsUp

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Post  Jonas Freeman on Sat Oct 30, 2010 10:12 pm

Very nice tree. Like the twist in the dead wood as detail.

With what material did you clean up to get the reddish/brown bark become visible?

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Post  AndyRutledge on Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:20 pm

Thanks.
@Jonas - I used a bladed tool that my friend Howard Smith lent me for the loose bark and then used fine-grit sandpaper to find the red skin.

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Post  AndyRutledge on Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:33 pm

@Jonas - I should note that preparing the bark of a juniper is mostly done for show preparation. In this case, I'm not preparing to show the tree, I just wanted to make sure that there was no fibrous or flaky bark on the tree to house overwintering pests. Borers can kill a nice juniper quickly and flaky bark is their best/first home on your bonsai.

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Post  Guest on Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:34 pm

very nice improvement Andy. looks "brand new". Smile

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Post  AndyRutledge on Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:19 am

Ha, thanks, Jun. I showed Nick a photo and he sent me a pic of the initial styling he gave the tree back in 2006. It's eerily similar. What's old is new again.

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:35 am

that's what makes vintage car more "valuable"...



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Post  pongsatorn.k on Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:58 am

very nice Andy Very Happy

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Post  AndyRutledge on Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:04 am

Thanks all. Here is the tree as Nick styled it back in 2006.



It then had the same upright quality I've reintroduced, but somewhere along the line it lost that middle-left branch (which is not a bad thing).

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Post  shimsuki on Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:31 am

Very nice work on a beautiful tree!!!!!

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Post  Ravi Kiran on Mon Nov 01, 2010 5:49 am

Thought the styling of the tree is unconventional - I mean it is neither a formal upright nor an informal upright in the classical sense, the beauty of the tree is striking and of a very high order. I really liked it very much. I have always seen the Halloween side of Nick Lenz's trees but this one is a very pleasant surprise. I also like the Halloween ones but this is so unlike the Nick Lenz that I thought I knew. Great work Nick & Andy...

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Post  AndyRutledge on Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:23 pm

Thanks Ravi. Like anyone else, Nick works with what the material wants to do. This juniper is not well suited for extravagant or whimsical style, so he took it in a more conventional direction. He laid the nice foundation for my minor revision and that makes me very happy.

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Post  DougDT on Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:20 pm

Wonderful Nick tree.

It's sad to see so many of Nick's trees going to new homes.
Every time I visit he has fewer and fewer.

If possible I'd replace the vanity foilage that hid the cluncky base of the current second left hand branch.
My eye doesn't know where to go at that juncture, out the branch or up the tree.
Maybe it's just the photo.

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