Making Bonsai From Juniper Squamata 1-2-1

In this 1-2-1 class I take a Juniper Squamata and show you how to create a bonsai.

today is the 14th of september and i have andy here doing a one-to-one uh workshop with me so we make sure we are distance apart so we’ve been through the fundamentals let me just show you what we’ve done so far this morning and show you the content of the work if you hold this one and show it this is a crypto mirror which andy has made and this is our standard latch which we’ve made so in the morning we did these two trees and two maples and now in the afternoon session we’re going to do something very very adventurous and a bit more advanced and complicated and we are walking in our growing fields and this is what we came across this is gormati juniper and it’s got a beautiful thick chunk look at it we’re going to work on this and if time permits we’re going to work on another quite something ah i think this one is you see this magnum boss is still there so this was an airing of a bigger tree so we’re going to make a bonsai with this we will decide what to do so all this beautiful flaky bark and the other tree we’re going to work on if you try and lift it out of the bottle you just pull it out okay this is the other score marker juniper and in the space of two hours we will do something with it look at that beautiful trunk there look at that beautiful trunk so we’re going to do two nice bonsai with this so let’s begin with this one this one is relatively simple uh what we already do we scrape away a bit of this get some of these weeds out if i give you a rake the first process is always to tease away around the base and see where the roots go down because that will help me discover the true front or the preferred front the advantage of this tree is that it’s got beautiful trunk that the trunk would be history will be at least about 25 30 years old and most junipers if you’re patient enough they do but from old wood a lot of people think oh you know peter doesn’t know what he’s talking about he doesn’t look look at that these are all new shoots growing from the old woods so if you’re patient enough they will produce young branches so you don’t have to be worried now i’m not too bothered about repotting this this is best left to baby february but we’ll style the top because we have to do some serious cutting of roots to get it into a bonsai pot but we would not do it today but the main thing is to style it today so if we look at this tree that’s teaching andy if you turn it around you tell me which you think is the front this is the test number yeah okay there’s always one side that looks nicer than the other it’s so let us put a little marker and then that will remind us where the front is so the marker and all of these little stubby bits we’re going to use for making driftwood so so that’s where i found this these can all be made into bits of driftwood so that’s going to be a branch this is going to be a branch so you do get trees in nature which are just tall and straight with just some wispy branches see that can be made into driftwood so all we need to do is a bit of wiring okay now this one we can watch so it’s down so now that your wiring is uh good i want you to do a bit of wiring now let me just choose the right grain of water now to bend this down i think we need we’re going to link it to this so we’re going to use this stubby bit as the anchor that will eventually be a bit of drifting okay maybe don’t confuse it because you’re coming to make the driftwood you don’t want to block it completely okay i’ll take it to the back so it’s not visible you know everything should be a bit discreet so i will anchor so this two branch principle is still being used so this is one branch which is just the anchor and then this is the other branch so up to here don’t need to wire that tight so if you wire this out when you get to the top door wire so the variety is juniper squamata and the my rice called myers juniper okay okay so this one can be placed down like that unusual to keep a low branch but it is useful and now we can get a leader from this possibly that may be a bit too tall so we will wire these so again we will wire this and this these two together using the same grain of water so you could wire this and this together yeah okay so take it from the back yeah doesn’t show yeah yeah make sure you have enough on one side and adjust the length of the wire you need on each side left too much on the left you won’t need this slowing down this one you see the other side also the other side always judge the amount of water keep it tight to the top keep it tight shortly like that really tight when you transition otherwise they’ll flop around try not to fly out trap the foliage this is the first time andy’s wiring he did some wiring in the morning but he’s not really done any wiring before so it’s very good so again remember we take it back a little bit like this kick it back and then cut off the excess and just use it the part is just kick it back and then the excess you can cut off use the tip of the part see how you use it that’s useful don’t cut it over there no that’s not what cutter that’s not saying yeah okay now that it’s wide let’s position it and see what it looks like so we’re going to wipe down like this here like that so that’s how it looks this will do it’s breaking from the wood i’m going to keep it in case i needed this also i won’t get rid of now i could even end the tree here you know i’m not don’t let it grow taller than that or i could go a little taller over here or i could even use that at the top so there’s so many choices i could end it there and then gin the rest of this let’s do uh a variation now these that three branches here are in fact four if you want these two and do those two here now using this one you’re gonna release tight yeah that therefore so very convenient so you do this one see i’m judging how long the wire is you know so that you know where you’re going you stitch these great big krypton areas and sequoias that you find in america they grow in this fashion tall straight fronts with the foliage just like this on the top [Music] so we’ve just only put like three pieces of wire so we can either have the tree the whole height or if we don’t want the whole height we can keep it like this so there are different choices you know uh you can do this or that and i think we could do that with that other good place wouldn’t it more yeah take it to the top yes so we’ll do that okay i’ll get you to these two and uh this is where when you’re faced with a choice you always have to take some decisions so you this one and while the one at the top so this one we’re going to go up the trunk a couple of loops yeah and go to the top so that’s the amount of right i try to always gauge the amount of wire in it so that there’s no wastage okay okay so that will go to the top see i can gauge how much is going to drop and this goes here so i know roughly that so you’re going to wire this so we anchor this once this anchor then take a couple of loops here and then go up to the top and that gives you a very nice crown it doesn’t look like you’ve just stamped it so [Music] so we haven’t even done any driftwood at the top i was going to do for driftwood but i don’t think you need it these will all be different you know yeah and then with the junipers and then if you like to carve you know with some dremel you can carve that make it thinner [Music] so while i don’t have a thick stub there you can reduce the thickness of this this is the exciting sort of work this is called a branch splitter or root cutter so you can reduce the amount of wood here so make it thinner to blend there so that’s only a point of detail you can take your time to do that do you do any carving wood carving you can use a little dremel or even a router with router bits you can carve into this so you can do a bit of carving there you do get trees like this in nature absolutely like this like a great if it is very flaky you can literally do this you see it’s the way they expand as it grows thicker the bark flakes off to give it room for expansion and growing so the old bark comes off but don’t do this with pine trees because the kaiju bark on pines is beautiful but with junipers and cupresses this is the normal thing and underneath that because this is a true juniper you get a beautiful red color so you take that off it’s almost like cinnamon bark and then with a wire brush if you brush it you look at a lovely red color i’ve shown it many many times on our youtube videos so that’s the sort of thing we get so this other effect you will find on natural trees if you go to the countryside you watch the trees they are like this so i wouldn’t do more than that so we’ve created the image of this tree i could have ginned this i mean make driftwood with that but this is a very nice top so there’s a minimum amount of gin it still looks very much like a nice tree so thinning this a little more because we got another treat to do i don’t want to spend too much time but you can thin this a little more see like this you take that off yeah and make it blend with that and then if you wish with a dremel you can carve it [Music] like that but don’t remove all the it’s only this little side you do to thin that so we as i said i don’t want to uh put it in a proper box i thought but you could put it in a training point because it looked better more like a bottle rather than a round flower pot if you get one of these plastic training at least they look more like a bottle see like that let it grow like that for now and then in february you can reduce the root board so you can do that okay so that’s finished how long did that take you know didn’t take long at all so let’s put that down and we’ll start on the other one this is quite heavy so i’m going to take some of the soil off a little bit more often don’t worry if it goes on there afterwards so this is just grown in ordinary garden soil no special bonsai compost [Music] there’s a lot of rotten manure in this so this black soil we have used our rotted leaf mold okay now we can put it on the turntable it’s easier to manage now we’re going to work up this tree same thing again you will turn the tree around and you will decide which is going to be the front which is going to be the back as a wireable branch this would but not this yeah so if we don’t need that we can make driftwood with it so to make gins or driftwood i will repeat again for those who have never seen it you make a posture if i want to make a short gin or just small driftwood here i make a partial cut sloping away from the trunk about half or third of the way into the trunk can you see can you come close jack have a look see i’m going to cut a sloping cut halfway into the wood like so okay so that initiates the cut and then we are going to break it so if you at that point put your finger then we snap it down snap it again yeah pull it forward snap it and then pull the wood the other way no not this way which way no this way it towards you all right like sorry that’s it pull it down okay so that’s that’s short before done there so that’s what we can manipulate with another tool okay so this is what we’re going to do so this is going to be this is the genuine the driftwood yeah so that’s how you make your footer so that’s going to be good for other than that these also you can make your foot if you want a long gin you can practice doing gin like so you make a partial cut partial cut and then you break it towards the side you want so you see the torn side so if this is the front you can see the torn side right here yeah yeah like so so you can refine it and play around at home to refine it so this is going to be nice for this so this is going to be a branch coming down this can also be a branch coming down so we’ve got quite a few what we call usable branches so the entire tree is virtually there now this is a bit thick now why don’t we make a bit of driftwood there okay i partially cut this way now you can cut into here you can use a branch cutter cut a third of the way into that away from the thing and then snap it into this one from the back because we’re tearing from the front sloping away from the trunk that way yeah that’s right that’s right partly into it just nick it and then maybe it will pass you may find it easier and then you’re literally snapping snap yeah that’s it since that’s how you make the difference you get torn effect you know and then when the wood is live the wood just comes away you see the bar if you crush the bark use the pliers to crush the bark and then the box just peels off you see yeah yeah the back peels off this is what the gin clients use for this called gin plus okay so we imagine so this tree we have created a beautiful trunk line a natural air shape so you can refine the gin in your own triangle okay so this can also be gin you can do that at home this is so you got these branches to play around with this is very thick skomato juniper used to be very very popular in the 70s and early 80s it’s fallen into this use or not so popular because the foliage is very hard to keep in pristine condition you get a lot of brown dye back but as long as you keep it clean it’s very satisfying europe to work with beautiful trunks lovely flaky bark as well okay let’s return it to the front let’s see what it looks like from the front so this is a pad which is lying flat like this so that’s how we organize it and this you can shorten it if you wish you can extend that wire so that is the pad that’s what we call the pad coming down like that you didn’t do this you see how elegant that looks yeah now this and this now this is a thick we still use uh we will use this flip it into smaller bits like so and you should go further down you can split it more and then you can pull away like that so the object is to try and get it like a points like so right [Music] same applies to branch cutter don’t wiggle the tip once it’s in the wood cut it clean you have great fun with it so once you’ve done it roughly you can then use general liners to find it or whatever you can use as another yeah just to drag it pull it off so there’s another two you can even just use all the thin parts and roll it back like that you see yeah you can roll it back so cut little slivers and roll it back till you get a point so i suggest now we can use the microphone microphones are not expensive but this one is only like 49 or 59 similar ceramic bottle cost to about 90 so can you lift it up just test it perfect see we have hardly cut any root it looks like a bundle try again yeah [Applause] what we haven’t got any root have we nothing we just really put some salt in maybe even like that and then we can just fill the original so here we are we’ve potted the tree up in a micro pot i haven’t cut many of these roots which are protruding that will be done next spring or the spring after but we haven’t cut any roots so we just put it in a biggish micropot and there we have this tree so considering this is andy’s first day of wiring he hasn’t done bad uh you could see the shape you could identify the front so you pleased with this fantastic love it yeah brilliant okay great start to collection yeah okay good and talk to you how to make jin we taught you lots of things wiring and jinning lots of lessons just in i would say we are in 20 minutes we’ve made two trees a beautiful square marta junipers uh not a lot of work so the gins have got to be finished and what character they must be at least 70 cent meter tall that one and this one at least about that with lovely thick trunk look at the character of the trunk and the gins are going to be refined so i’ll leave i need to play with it and experiment with making gins so there’s scope for carving uh so i hope you’ve had a good time andy say thank you so this will be on youtube okay thank you [Music] you

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