35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

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35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  DaveA on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:24 pm

As recipient of the Behr Bonsai Scholarship, I was able to spend a full weekend working with and learning from Walter Pall at Nature's Way Nursery, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to the workshops I had signed up for personally, I was able to use the Scholarship for personal instruction with Walter. We had a great time, and the experience and knowledge I have gained through the experience will no doubt prove invaluable.

After two FULL days of workshops and private sessions, I selected a juniper to work on. I was to put to use the tools and skills that I had learned over the preceding days to style a rough piece of material for the first time. This is a before, during, and after series of how that first styling turned out. Let me know what you think.

Dave

Before:


After I made decisions on what to remove and refining the deadwood areas as well as cleaning the bark:



And after wiring and placing:













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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Guest on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:43 pm

Hi DaveA

Lovely little tree. I am sure you had great days.
Did you bring your own material to work with, or were you and the others presentet to material?

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  DaveA on Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:55 pm

I brought a couple for Walter to look at, but the majority of the time was spent working on his extensive collection of American Yamadori that he keeps on the East coast of the USA. We pruned, repotted, removed mountain soil/duff, wired, styled, and discussed the futures of many ancient trees. It is important for everyone to realize, this sort of material cannot be rushed. We did only the work that each individual tree could tolerate. Some had been there longer, so we could bend and shape, others had recently arrived and were merely secured and fixed into pots. (which can be very tricky with the root systems most of these old collected trees have) Others were re-potted from nursery cans into more appropriate pots.

Dave


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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Guest on Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:01 pm

OK...this Smile sound interesting...2 days of very good use

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Paul Landis on Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:11 pm

Greta job on the tree and I'm sure you had a great time at Woodstock!!! Jim and Walter do a great job with that and getting to work on some of the bigger collected stuff is an invaluable experience!!!

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  ndleong on Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:52 am

Very nice transformation. Very Happy

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Guest on Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:54 am

I would like to see more photos, of more trees Very Happy

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Woodstock II

Post  bonsapien on Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:50 pm

Hey Dave! It was great meeting you at Natures Way! Connie and I enjoyed talking to you. Walter is a great guy and I was honored to meet him. Even though I was only a lurker, I learned a lot.

Next time I will be more involved.

Tom Kruegl


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Woodstock II

Post  bonsapien on Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:54 pm

AND, the tree you did looks great!

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  sunip on Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:09 pm

Hi Dave,
Some substantial decisions are made,
good start.
Did Walter pushed you hard?
Regards, Sunip Wink

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  DaveA on Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:35 pm

bonsapien wrote:Hey Dave! It was great meeting you at Natures Way! Connie and I enjoyed talking to you. Walter is a great guy and I was honored to meet him. Even though I was only a lurker, I learned a lot.

Next time I will be more involved.

Tom Kruegl


Tom, nice to meet you both as well. Anybody who wants to talk bonsai is good in my book. See ya next year.

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  DaveA on Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:38 pm

sunip wrote:Hi Dave,
Some substantial decisions are made,
good start.
Did Walter pushed you hard?
Regards, Sunip Wink

Sunip, thanks. I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I certainly had bloody hands by the time we were through.

Oh, and we got ALOT of work done on some really great trees.

Dave

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  DaveA on Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:42 pm

ndleong wrote:Very nice transformation. Very Happy

Thankyou very much.


For Yvonne:








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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Nik Rozman on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:09 pm

35+ years? I guess not Very Happy

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Walter Pall on Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:11 pm

See over 15o images about this event here:

http://walter-pall-travelogues.blogspot.com/





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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Bob Pressler on Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:39 pm

Nik Rozman wrote:35+ years? I guess not Very Happy
Why not. Do you have any idea how long it takes for a procumbins to get a trunk that size? I wouldn't doubt it was 35 years old.

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Re: 35+ Year Old Procumbens Juniper

Post  Nik Rozman on Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:19 pm

Bob Pressler wrote:
Nik Rozman wrote:35+ years? I guess not Very Happy
Why not. Do you have any idea how long it takes for a procumbins to get a trunk that size? I wouldn't doubt it was 35 years old.

No, no not the procumbins. Embarassed I ment the other trees. The spruce and pines and other. Very Happy Wink

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