Bonsai Tree Styling With A Yew Saved From The Log Pile

This piece of junk wouldn’t even make firewood. Dealing with a rotten trunk and turning something out of nothing……again. I’ll be glad when I can afford some better material 😉

My name is Graham Potter and in the workshop today I’ve bought a couple of little trees on the face of it this little guy has lots of potential for bonsai and a lot of people would be very happy to have this on adventures this guy here it looks like firewood in actual fact it’s not firewood this is firewood now on the face of it many people would think this is not a suitable plant to be turned into one side but in actual fact this traits got great character and even though it’s got more than its fair share of problems we can use some carving techniques particularly wiring shaping and so on and apply those techniques to this type of material to make something very special and obviously today I’m gonna be walking you through that process one of the things you notice about this tree when you first come to it it’s the fact that the word is completely wrong as you can as you can see here the knife just goes right into the wood it’s completely soft and that’s something that would bother a lot of people but an actual fact that’s really quite exciting because I know that underneath here that rot is going to have removed a lot of the bulk of this wood and when we get rid of that soft material we’re going to find something really interesting for many years now I’ve been using stumps like this to make bonsai and I have to say it’s still very exciting because when you have these big blocks of wood and not much inherent natural character this tree really is a blank canvas upon which we can create within the limitations of its own shape any any kind of bonsai this can be really interesting and excellent material and of course it’s not something that’s going to break the bank if you wanted to buy this as raw material when it’s finished that may be a different thing another feature of this material that makes it potentially very suitable for Bonzo it’s the fact that we’ve got some nice mature branching you can just about see here some of these branches are nice and thick with lots of nice size shoots and while they’re a little bit straight we’re going to be able to manipulate those because they’re not too big you dealing with trees are extensively rotted as this one is very important that we remove all the soft caulking material there’s absolutely no point in trying to preserve it or keep it but one of the good things is once you get through to soft material as I’m doing here the wood gets harder and harder and where you can see the color changes from that soft brown to this much lighter material this is very hard wood and this we’re going to be able to keep and preserve in the usual way you making small gins from material like this is very simple in order to strip the bark we just take para gym pliers and just crush that because it’s green their SAP under it you see just practically falls off and having done that we then crush the end of the wood with the pliers and we can just peel that down and then we just take a gas torch burn the ends white brush it and that’s done taxes is a tree that builds up a great deal of foliage density and what I’m doing here is basically removing the needles or the leaves from the old shoots where the where it’s turned woody where its lignified we can we can strip those out that enables us to get the wire in without doing any damage to the foliage and also encourages back budding for next year’s growth so by next spring they’ll be buds popping up all along this woody growth and where we’ve got these little dense clusters of buds like this we just go through those take the small ones out perhaps we’ll leave the larger ones as in here they’ll become future side branches and so basically once that’s all cleaned out like that that’s ready to be able to go through and to wire that you

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