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Using Wood - Wooden Pots etc

Post  gman on Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:19 pm

Hi Folks,
Have any of you used wooden burls, slabs or the like to house your trees? If you have please feel free to share them with us on this thread.
I'm very fortunate (working in the forest industry) in that I find some unique wooden pieces from time to time. The following couple of photos show my "Garlic Pot"......when I first found it I saw a huge garlic bulb.....most of the one side was very rotten but the other side was still solid so I've scraped away down to the hard outer shell so it looks like a scoop pot. It’s yellow Cedar (callitropis Nootkatensis) so it has built in decay resistance but I will treat it with a preservative before placing a semi cascade Mugo into it.
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Phoenix Graft

Post  gman on Thu Dec 09, 2010 5:36 pm

Here is a piece of Western Red Cedar that I found recently that I plan to use for a Phoenix graft this spring. It has a natural line up the centre of main trunk then along the upper portion (protruding bulge) to the left following up and under the main stem to the left, where the phoenix stem will be partially hidden. At the big bulge (close up photo) there is a hollow that exists at the back (third photo shadow)- which will allow a branch(s) to extend to the back and right of the composition. I'll whiten it up with lime sulpher.
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Re: Using Wood - Wooden Pots etc

Post  Guest on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:50 pm

Hi Gman

I tried to use two burls some years ago, the first one rot right away, I gave the second one a lot of strong fernis, before I planted the tree in it...it was rotten very soon too. Sad

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  peter krebs on Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:53 pm

Hello Graham,
These are wonderful pieces. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Best wishes
Peter

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Post  chris on Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:07 pm

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I used these two for a demo at the Joy of Bonsai this year


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Post  chris on Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:09 pm


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Post  chris on Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:13 pm


This is how one turned out.
I have never had a problem with old bog wood, it loves being wet

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Post  ogie on Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:00 pm

Hi Gman,
Nice woods there,like Yvonne mine rot too easily,now adays i use them as ascent as wooden sculputre,thanks for sharing,love what nature has given us
Regards.
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Re: Using Wood - Wooden Pots etc

Post  gman on Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:54 am

Thanks Yvonne, Peter, Alex and Chris. Natures ability to form wonderful pieces of sculpture always is a treat to behold.
Love those pieces Chris. I don't think my yellow cedar piece will ever stand up as well as those bogs pieces.... here in the rain belt of Canada's west coast..... but I'll preserve it well before putting a tree into it and enjoy the piece while it lasts.....maybe it will outlast me cheers
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Post  gman on Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:50 pm

Another interesting river drift wooden pot - got some screen 3" from the bottom to hold the soil...... now I have to find a semi cascade to put into it.


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Post  Pippi on Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:54 pm

I love your wood finds!! What do people use to preserve them and does the preservative effect the tree negatively?

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Post  gman on Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi Pippi,
What I do - For the last one (Douglas Fir) - used a general wood preservative (WP)on the outside shell and a blow torch on the inside to gentle burn the wood - hoping that this would work and not wanting to try the WP on the inside just in case it does have negative impacts on the roots. The other two wood examples are Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Cedar - they have their own natural preservative qualities so I haven't done anything too them.
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Post  Pippi on Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:08 pm

Thanks so much Gman for the info. Do you also drill holes through the bottom for drainage and wiring in the tree?

Feel free to send me a piece or two of that gorgeous wood! Wink

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:05 pm

i recently did an accent planting in a piece of driftwood (pics posted in the accents section)

when i had my art studio, driftwood was one of my major components for both indoor and outdoor pieces...
after being in the water for who-knows-how-long, it seemed kind of "preserved" and has held up really well...

needless to say i have been pillaging my stockpile, but most of what i have planned has to wait until next spring's potting season.

for some reason, deciduous seems more suited than tropicals...
maybe because of the image of rainy humid tropics coupled with wet and rotting wood...
even though i could control that in bonsai, it still wouldnt seem right to me...

btw - i used minwax wood hardener while creating some deciduous deadwood that wasnt really deadwood yet in order to camouflage someones elses trunk-chop and it does not seem to have any negative effects on the tree.

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Post  Pippi on Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:52 pm

It's interesting you mentioned Minwax as I was wondering if simply using natural bee's wax on the wood inside would work, cleaning re-applying whenever you repotted?

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:34 pm

now that you mention it, i would be curious about something natural like that too...

my pop gave me a piece of driftwood many years ago that had a waxy coating on it...
i kept it outside all these years and while the coating is long gone (or absorbed), the piece itself has zero decay...

things that make you say: "hhhmmm..."  scratch 

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