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Cheng Cheng Kung , SiDiao Series, Taiwan White Pine

Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:01 pm


Field Grown Taiwan White Pine, Pinus Morrisonicola Hayata, Front Before work

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:05 pm


With white and red chalk, the shari and life lines are carefully selected. Note: white chalk is for shari, Red for the life line

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:06 pm


After removing bark, the shari is meticulously sculptured using a hook burin.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:08 pm


Further rectifying the separation between the shari and the life line.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:15 pm


After removing bark, an artificial looking stub remains.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:18 pm


With Mighty sword 101, mechanical Sidiao is perfomed to eliminate the excess.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:19 pm


With a drill bit, the shari is further refined.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:21 pm


the beautiful shari after performing mechanical Sidiao.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:22 pm


Other parts of the shari after refinement.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:24 pm


After finishing the shari work, Mr. Cheng prodceeds to carefully wire the whole tree.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:25 pm


Front of the tree after wiring.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:26 pm


Left side after finishing work.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:27 pm


Right side after finishing session.

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Post  jrodriguez on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:29 pm


Back view.

Please enjoy. You can see more at www.sidiao.com .

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Post  ScribbleJ on Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this technique series. Being self taught this is the sort of thing I look for. I have studied countless photos and read a lot of literature via books and the internet to learn as much as I can about bonsai techniques. Growing up working at my grand parents nursery certainly helped me develop my knowledge on how to care for plants which has been quite helpful in taking care of my trees.

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Post  mike page on Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:51 pm

I saw him in a live demo a few years ago. Very impressive artist.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:07 pm

One woulda thunk he'd have found a better tree to work with -- or am I missing something here?

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Post  Garykk on Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:53 pm

Looks like Mr. Cheng has this tree under control and looking good, every detail. Good show Jose Luis and thanks! Look forward to seeing your juniper from the trip.

__gary

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Post  mike page on Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:45 am

JimLewis wrote:One woulda thunk he'd have found a better tree to work with -- or am I missing something here?

Jim, I think you have to visualize this tree 10 years down the road.

Mike

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:28 pm

mike page wrote:
JimLewis wrote:One woulda thunk he'd have found a better tree to work with -- or am I missing something here?

Jim, I think you have to visualize this tree 10 years down the road.

Mike

Tried that. Still rather gawky. Must be me.

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Post  jrodriguez on Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:46 pm

Jim,

Leaving the tree aside, the pictorial is meant to show others a different approach in shari creation.

Regards,

Jose Luis

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:15 pm

I understand that.

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Re: Cheng Cheng Kung , SiDiao Series, Taiwan White Pine

Post  Vance Wood on Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:37 pm

jrodriguez wrote:
Front of the tree after wiring.

I am in agreement with Jim on this tree. I also have another question concerning this exposure as the front of the tree. Why? Why was all of that Jin and Shari work, which was I might add remarkable, done only to be hidden on the back of the tree, or did I miss something in the explanation. Aside from all of that stuff, all of the work done was wonderful and interesting to watch. Any criticism I may have, comes only from wanting to know the rest of the story, and not to pillory the effort with any kind of gotcha moment. I know there are people out there who think it there lot in life to drag down the best amongst us and throw mud at their work.

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Re: Cheng Cheng Kung , SiDiao Series, Taiwan White Pine

Post  jrodriguez on Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:54 pm

Hello,

Bonsai is meant to be enjoyed from all angles. Also, dead wood is an asset or feature of the entire composition.

Making the dead portions of a tree the focal point of the bonsai detracts attention from the other components that typify the composition as a whole. Although a valid and beautiful, focal point bonsai sometimes emphasizes one element, while other important aspects of the the tree remain unnoticed.

I certainly like this tree very much. The soft curves and the needle clouds give a sense of maturity and stability.

By the way, i am happy for the fact that this topic has encouraged discussion. We all learn from the coments and remarks made by our distinguished members.

Kind regards,

Jose Luis

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Re: Cheng Cheng Kung , SiDiao Series, Taiwan White Pine

Post  Garykk on Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:56 pm

Vance, have ever studied trees in nature to see what parts of a tree have dead wood or shari in this case? I think if you had taken the complete class with Mr. Chen and visited mountain top naturally weathered trees you could answer your own questions. Thanks again jose luis for a peek into Mr. Chen's approach.

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