New Ficus, Virts anyone?

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New Ficus, Virts anyone?

Post  kmeng on Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:27 pm

I picked up a Ficus Retusa (Tiger Bark) last week while I was traveling for business in Ocala, FL. I really fell in love with it from the first time I saw it. It has really nice taper, and has a nice squatty trunk. I was reminded of a sleepy hallow tree when I saw it because it has a lovely knot in it that looks like it should be a home to owls! But after I brought it home and really looked at it, I don't think I will use that side as the front. Anyway, any advice and virtuals would be greatly appreciated.

This is what I fell in love with:



But with the original cut, it leaves the left side of the tree quite bare. Maybe a thread graft to fill in? The branches off to the left are actually coming from behind.

This is rotated 45 degrees clockwise:



I like this side because there is more to offer and this is what I was thinking with a chop:



Here are the other sides:



Any advice and virtuals would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Kurt

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Re: New Ficus, Virts anyone?

Post  JimLewis on Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:34 pm

Prolly a bit early for any meaningful virtualizations.

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Re: New Ficus, Virts anyone?

Post  marcus watts on Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:37 pm

hi,
Ineed the entire tree with the hollow facing forward to do a virt please - slightly turned clockwise to make the chop less visible - the other angles are not inspiring me atm ! Very Happy

it is always good to use the unique features rather than hide them at the back! Laughing

cheers Marcus

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Re: New Ficus, Virts anyone?

Post  kmeng on Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:52 pm

Marcus,
Is this better?


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Re: New Ficus, Virts anyone?

Post  JimLewis on Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:15 pm

I personally find that do-nut shaped scar very UNattractive and almost vulgar, and would hide it. And I still think this tree is still to young to do a valid virtual from. It could take ANY shape at this point. Let it mature a bit and get some bulk in the branches.

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