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Shimpaku Juniper Tanuki

Post  ericrobinson on Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:43 am

A Tanuki (Phoenix Graft) of Shimpaku Juniper whips on a dead juniper tree I had been training as a bonsai. I carved two channels with a Dremmel on both sides of the dead trunk. I carved the channels wider at the bottom than at the top so that the Juniper whips would "lock in" as they grow bigger and swell in the channels. (see end view illustration below). The lower sections of the grafts have filled the channels. I used wood preserver on the bottom of the deadwood to hopefully slow the rot process. The deadwood was treated with LS for whitening etc. ("LS" as an inside joke for those following another thread on the bonsai whitening agent under scrutiny Very Happy )





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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:50 am

That was a lot of work. It is hard to see the entire design.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:28 pm

Nicely done. The top of the composition looks like a deer's antlers. Watch out for hunters. <g>

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Post  ericrobinson on Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:40 pm

Good point Jim about the deer antlers Very Happy It needs some refinement.

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Post  gtuthill on Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:37 pm

Looks good, I have started a very similar project last spring. How long has the whip been in place? Plenty of time for refining as the foliage fills out. Smile

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Post  ericrobinson on Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:04 pm

Shimpaku whips have been in place 2 years. I just trimmed excess branches down low on the whips that aided in the thickening of the main trunk. I removed them before they became too large and made massive scars.

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Post  ericrobinson on Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:53 pm

Updated pics after rewiring and some branch removal.
First pic - front
Second,third pics - left side
Fourth pic - right side
Deadwood still needs refining.








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Post  ericrobinson on Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:36 am

Update...


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Post  sayotefries on Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:29 am

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing. This is inspiring as I am also on the hunt for a deadwood for my Procumbens juniper. Hopefully I may be able to share it too.

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Post  ericrobinson on Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:44 pm

sayotefries wrote:Very impressive! Thanks for sharing. This is inspiring as I am also on the hunt for a deadwood for my Procumbens juniper. Hopefully I may be able to share it too.

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I will look forward to seeing your tree one day!! Smile 

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Post  ericrobinson on Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:57 am

2 Virtuals with simplified deadwood.  What do you think?

If you like the simplified approach, which one do you like better? Do the the virts improve design flow and eye movement over the deadwood?






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Post  mumra on Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:45 am

I like the last option but to my eye, and it may be the pics, the tanuki deadwood looks a little flat and rounded. For me I would like to see more grooves and irregularities in it and on the ends of the jins to give it a more natural look IMO

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Post  ericrobinson on Wed Feb 05, 2014 3:40 am

mumra wrote:I like the last option but to my eye, and it may be the pics, the tanuki deadwood looks a little flat and rounded. For me I would like to see more grooves and irregularities in it and on the ends of the jins to give it a more natural look IMO

Thanks for your thoughts! There is much more texture to the wood that is not showing in the pics.

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Post  JimLewis on Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:21 pm

I still think the upper jin are quite a bit too long and not natural looking. Shorten and put some texture in the wood grain (Dremel, small router and wire brush) and you will be better off, IMO.

Better, though. Less like a deer in the headlights.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Mon Dec 29, 2014 6:28 pm

eric - old post, but if you see this, how did you secure the whips to the deadwood ?

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Post  carobone on Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:15 am

Most people secure live trees to the deadwood using stainless steel screws.

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Post  M. Frary on Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:52 am

Super glue!

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:23 pm

i read (or perhaps misread ?) that steel is the one type of screw you shouldn't use...
and i believe they said especially stainless...

and mike - someone using super glue would not surprise me ! Wink

i will post what i did when i get to the pictures...

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:27 pm

ok - not misread, but slightly misquoted:

this:

"...Fasten the plant into the groove using brass nails or screws. Steel, even stainless or coated steel, kills plants if allowed to contact the cambium. "

was lifted from this:

http://www.buffalobonsaisociety.com/PhoenixGraft.html

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Post  leatherback on Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:36 pm

beer city snake wrote:Steel, even stainless or coated steel, kills plants if allowed to contact the cambium.

Hm.. Anyone ever heard this before?

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:56 pm

Many times, but I've never spoken to anyone who has lost a tree therreby, and can think of NOTHING biological that a ferrous nail or screw would do to a tree. It may well be Bonsai myth #2,000 .

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Post  carobone on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:12 am

My juniper has 2 stainless steel screws holding it to a piece of driftwood for almost a year. Will post pictures tomorrow

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