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progress carving

Post  kauaibonsai on Wed May 25, 2011 10:23 pm

carving, as with other aspects of bonsai development from raw stock, occurs in phases. some carve by "feel". when the feeling is there and you see something - you carve. when the feeling leaves, you stop. such is the case with this premna - a work in progress over the past 3 years. this particular trunk started out nearly solid and bland looking. after four different episodes, this is the trunk today. more remains to be done, especially to the upper half. the two largest holes need to be feathered and made to look less contrived.


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more carving

Post  kauaibonsai on Wed May 25, 2011 10:46 pm

sharing more work in process - carving premna microphylla. yesterday's carving was aimed at reducing bulky dead roots creating movement. upper trunk deadwood was reduced to create more movement and to accentuate character and age by creating see through places in the deadwood. some befores and afters. more refinement and detail in the future

best wishes, sam

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Re: progress carving

Post  peter keane on Wed May 25, 2011 11:15 pm

Is premna a hard wood?

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Re: progress carving

Post  Guest on Wed May 25, 2011 11:29 pm

peter keane wrote:Is premna a hard wood?


yes Peter, it is a hard wood.




Sam,
very nice work so far.

I have two premmas ready for carving, I'll wait for yours to be finish first...for reference. so, goodluck and please do post it again.


regards,
jun
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Re: progress carving

Post  Loke Emil on Thu May 26, 2011 12:02 am

Hi Sam

That carving is ghostly...I have never seen a living dead premna affraid

...a work of art, in my opinion - though you say it is still in progres ;-)

BR from Loke Emil


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Re: progress carving

Post  kauaibonsai on Thu May 26, 2011 2:16 am

thanks peter, jun and loke, for your words. sharing a few more pictures of the same trees with a solid background.

enjoy

sam

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Re: progress carving

Post  carlos on Thu May 26, 2011 12:48 pm

very artificial, looks like swiss cheese

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Re: progress carving

Post  handy mick on Thu May 26, 2011 12:51 pm

kauaibonsai very good work but i'm not loving it, just don't know, it must grow on you.

Mick

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Re: progress carving

Post  Guest on Thu May 26, 2011 1:15 pm

I like the depth and shadow you've created but the holes are too round. Try tapering the bottom of the circle to a point maybe.

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Re: progress carving

Post  kauaibonsai on Thu May 26, 2011 10:17 pm

oh well, back to the drawing board.

best wishes, sam

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