Garden Juniper Becomes a Bonsai Tree

Garden Juniper Becomes a Bonsai Tree

Styling a garden juniper bonsai tree for the first time.¬†Today we’re here with my friend Bob and we’re going to show you some work on this juniper this JUnit was interesting for several reasons but the origin origination of this junipers from a garden it’s a garden variety of sabina the tree was collected about ten years ago man at that point the foliage was very very long way from the trunk so what’s happened really over the last few years as a trade trade has been allowed to grow and establish itself and has produced all this massive wonderful foliage which is now really at point where we should begin to do some work the previous owner of the tree is actually done some Deadwood work so we just need to improve and clean that and then we’re going to lay some very basic branch structure in place by using the green that’s here obviously removing the parts that we that we don’t need so I thought we would show you the work on this tree because is very good material but it’s also material it’s very easily accessible this type of tree grows in gardens suddenly all over the UK and with a little bit of imagination can produce really interesting bonsai [Music] you having reduced the having cleaned out underside of the branches we can see here and the underside profile is nice and clean then leaves us through these long straight shoots and further back some small side branches so what we have to do is actually reduce this length to begin to compact the foliage and the way we do that is to follow this line of the branch through we’re looking for two or three good small side shoots then we just go in with the scissors and remove this so so that gives us a nice little nice little section of foliage on a nice thick branch which when we wire will stay in position very very quickly so in terms of compacting the this tree in reducing the foliage it’s just a matter of going inside taking these long pointed shoots away and that and keeping the foliage that’s further in one of the things I really like about this side of the tree is the way that the trunk here is very attractive but then it drops backwards and then it comes forward again so that really gives us an opportunity to create some very attractive depth a very motive depth in the tree I create some shadow in this point so we’re going to try and build the tree around that when you’re designing a tree from scratch like this it’s so very important at the outset not to be too determined to stick with a particular front because as you begin to work the tree and especially as you need to shape and move the branches the whole perspective of the tree can change so you have to try and keep your mind open at this point and just try and find the best the best parts of the truth the most interesting parts of the tree and hopefully then we can end up with an attractive bonsai you I’m doing here with this genius just thinning it a little bit berries it’s got very very thick want to make it look a little bit more elegant less powerful in the overall tree it would be possible to do this with power tools by using hand tools it gives us a much more natural looking finish to the wood it’s much more scenery look and this technique works perfectly with junipers because the wood is very stringy in its natural texture and because it’s very strong but at the same time flexible you can see here it just peels very very easily and the resulting check texture is very very natural so this is a load it’s just too thin this part of the tree but still giving us some texture so now what we’ll do is use a very small power tool just to just to blend some of the sharp edges here a little bit of bone in on it as well to take some of the fluff away and that will give us ultimately a very natural-looking piece of piece of dead wood you

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