How to Style Mugo Pine Bonsai Tree

How to Style Mugo Pine Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Made Easy shows the initial styling of a very unusual mugo pine collected in the Italian Alps.
Welcome to another bonsai workshop one of the things that I’ve noticed in the last twenty years as I’ve been involved with bonsai and particularly over the last ten years as I’ve traveled and tall pines home workshops and demonstrations it’s one of the one of the things that really seems to cause people problems is not knowing what to do with a piece of material they look at something like the tree in front of me and don’t quite know where to start my response to that would be to say that you know when I was a baby I used to eat food and I wasn’t very good at it and used to end up with it all down my front and all over the place but as I carried on practicing it got better and better so I believe that in monta if you want to learn to style treason to produce prey bonsai you have to be busy you have to work and work and work and after a while you go out and you look for things that perhaps a little bit of a stretch for you and that’s why I bought into the workshop today this is a Moo go pipe this was collected in the dolomite mountains about five years ago and at that time most of the foliage was probably half a meter away from the trunk but as you can see today it’s nice and compact so it’s ready to work mudo pine is very inclined to ground layer so in the mountains where the trees have pushed over by snow and ice the branches and the trunk may be pushed over to the point where it touches the ground if it stays there it will develop roots which is what’s happened here so this was the original root of the tree in the ground some things hit this tree probably ice is taken all the bark off the top and it’s pulled this all out of the ground and at this side of the pot where it’s touched the ground it generates created or it’s grown roots so we’ve got this interesting trunk we’ve got very strong rooting on both parts of this trunk and then at this point we’ve got a large sort of triangular swelling which Inka meant by conventional bonds our terms would be considered very ugly but this tree has so much character I just think that I’m going to have a go and see if we can turn something really interesting and unusual out of this when styling bonds out for the first time one of the things I consider very important is that we don’t over stress the tree and one of the things I’ve noticed that an awful lot of people do when they begin to star bonzo for the first time is before they wire they just simply remove too much foliage the foliage really is the the heart and soul of a tree it’s the part that soaks up the sunlight to create energy and feel the trees growth and the more the more of that foliage we remove the slower the tree is going to be able to grow afterwards and in order to create a nice mature looking finished image at the end of the demonstration I believe it is very very important that we keep as much foliage as as possible in this shot of this tree you can see both areas of rooting neither of which are significant enough to maintain the tree in on their own that’s why I’ve decided that we’re going to have to keep both as you can see there’s subsequent as areas of Shari here that have happened over a number of years this is an old broken root and then we’ve got this beautiful old natural weather Deadwood is just fantastic and underneath where the where the trunk was sheltered from the ice and rocks coming down the mountains is the live thing then at this point you can see where there’s large what conventionally would be discipline would be considered an ugly swelling in the tree and then from this point we’ve got two or three nice thick branches with lots of closed foliage and those are what we’re going to try and use to create the tree you one of the main reasons that people fail when they begin to style bonsai for the first time and especially when they begin to work on more difficult and challenging material is quite simply a lack of preparation and preparation is something I really can’t show you on these videos because the preparation of this particular material has taken five years and that preparation is included sorting out the roots so we’ve got a nice compact root system growing in good quality soil and at the same time generating lots of backbiting as I said at the beginning the foliage on this tree was originally half a meter away from the trunk and as you can see now their buds right back inside on the short thick branches if your foliage is too far from the trunk you have to make some very ugly branch lines by twisting and folding the branches back in towards the tree whereas if you take your time and prepare your material correctly when it comes to styling the tree you actually pull the tree the branches and the foliage away from the tree rather than trying to tuck them all back inside so like I said I can’t show you that on the video but it is a very very important aspect of preparing and styling material like this and being successful you you

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