little cornish trees

little cornish trees

3 trunks are better than one

Pine treesPosted by marcus watts Sat, November 26, 2011 16:58:47

This was a strange bit of material that caught my eye on my last willowbog visit - it was a triple trunk scotts pine that Peter bought back from a recent trip to Ireland. The trunks were the reason I liked it - a perfect low split into 3 trunks of different thicknesses.

The bark is showing a little age now but the foliage was very sparse and leggy.

Luckily I seem to get plenty of buds all over the scotties I've had in the past just by treating them like japanese black pines - following the black pine pruning methods to the letter.

I wanted a tall elegant image, vaguely suggesting a literati, but with the three trunks supporting the one crown.

version 1 had a very long dropping branch left on, better to leave it at the start, observe the tree and then decide whether to keep it. Version 2 has the long branch reduced and this is the tree today. Version 3 will appear tomorrow, as looking at this picture i know the final design

Now the tree is getting lighter but the fat trunk doesn't fit with the others - - I looked for ideas on the ibc forum and had a few suggestions to make the tree a twin trunk, and one sketch showing a lovely twin trunked literati. I used the sketch as the plan for the foliage, but stuck to the 3 trunks as that was why i bought the material in the first place. borrowing a trunk splitter I set to work on the fat trunk trimming it down, hollowing it and running a wire up the inside - now the tree is just right

And the sketch from 'cram' that helped take the tree in this direction

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pine scent and sticky sap

Pine treesPosted by marcus watts Wed, November 16, 2011 23:08:56


We just had a great afternoon as guests of the Exeter Bonsai Society to do a talk and demo on pines. This was a follow up to an earlier meeting that became a fairly in depth few hours concentrating on techniques and seasonal requirements. This time we concentrated on the members trees and looked at potential designs for the raw material trees, looked at refinement for the trees already well on their way and also had the pleasure of enjoying a couple of mature refined trees.

part waythrough the demo I was reducing a lot of heavy top growth from an old scotts pine that had been in a ladies collection for many years, initially taking the tree down from about 5ft high to 3ft. Many younger strong branches were taken out completely, and the long extensions on every branch were pruned back to weaker inner shoots. Then as a complete bonus I managed to buy the tree ! so now it is sitting outside ready for a few years work on building strength & foliage.

The bark is very mature, and even a nice flaky red that occurs on wild trees but not on bonsai very often, and the 'never wired' trunk has some very natural curves along it.

And today the tree was wired into a striking literati bonsai with a low sweeping branch, several jin and a conecting shari. this is just the initial styling - there is lots to do making back buds and extending the shari to the top (once the raffia is off)

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