last week we had a spell of unusual warm and sunny weather over here, so I decided it was about time to do my first major styling I have planed for several of my trees for this year. The large yamadori “Larch” in this story was ready for its second branch structure styling. Check out: The “Larch” project Part 1, about the collecting and first styling of this tree, you can find it on my “KARAMOTTO” website:www.karamotto.org select “BONSAI STORIES” than select ” A LARCH STORY”. Go have a look if you like!
I really took my time, working on this tree. Enjoying every minute of that relaxed and zone like feeling that comes over me when I’m guiding the trees branches as closely, as safely is posible, to their envisioned future shape. Overcoming or incorporating little problems ,that I came across while working, with out giving it much real thoughts. Some times things just fall together when I am working on a old tree like this one, when instinct takes over, with the sun in your face….MMMMMM!
Remember it is only the second structure styling, the top will fill out and thicken quickly in the next couple of years and there is about a Inch more trunk hidden behind the rime of that plastic container, as you can see in one of the pictures! In real live the tree is taller and the base is wider and the whole tree is looking more balanced.
First picture is taken when I just started to work.
In a few months, after all the Spring work is don, I will start working on the deadwood.
I hope you enjoy this little story,
Hans van Meer.