* You can find the story of the “SWAN”  right up to this point here: http://www.karamotto.org/  .  Than select “BONSAI STORYS”  and choose:  “story of the “SWAN”.

27 July 2008


Above picture: The last major work that was don on this old Pine dates back to it’s first styling in *2004! All this time up to now, the tree was pampered to encourage back budding as close as possible to the trunk line. Well, as you can see, I got more than enough new foliage and buds to give the tree it second major styling in late fall this year! But there were some major decisions to be made right now as well!

In the first styling 2 back branches were used to build up the lower left frond section, so I could visualise and check my vision of the future bonsai. But now, because of all this incredible growth, I have so much more better placed branches and foliage to replace them with, that they have become useless. In the above picture, were I raise this frond branch, you can see how much beautiful deadwood was hidden from view!


Above left picture: Left side view of the tree, you can see how much deadwood is blocked.

Above right picture: Lifting up the heavier frond branch makes a big improvement. You can see the other branch that has to go, on the left of my finger tips.


Above left picture: Here you can see the second branch better. It is blocking out all the empty back space, that you need to see from the front side.

Above right picture: Here you can see the difference!


Above picture: This is the thick branch I need to remove first. Under need it you can see the second one that needs to go.


Above left: Judging were to cut.

Above right: Heavy cutters were used to snap off the branch in one go.


                        Above picture: So, the first one is removed!


Above left picture: Looks better already.

Above right picture: You can see clearly here, that when we now stand in front of the tree, there is almost a clear pathway under need the foliage, for the eye to wonder off into the distance.


     Above pictures: Yes, that branch definitely has to go to!



                 Above picture: Right and backside view.


Above left picture: Backside view.

Above right picture: The yellow dots show how long this branch really is. Because of the constant cutting back into new growth and pinching back that I did in the seasons after it’s first styling, the 3 small branches, just above the red line, have grown enough to now be used as the new branch tips of the future first branch.


Above left picture: Close up of those 3 small branches.

Above right picture: The branch is cut leaving a small stump, so that there is enough room for it to dry back naturally, with out harming those all important small branches.


           Above picture: The wounds are sealed with cut paste.


              Above pictures show the removed branches.


Above pictures show, that by just removing those two branches the beautiful deadwood is more open. The open space that now is created, provides the necessary see trough, that creates dept and open space under need this future first branch.


Above left picture: With the help of 2 wooden blocks some branches were lifted, so that light and air can better reach the inner buds and smaller branches that I need for my second styling.

Above right and bellow picture: These blocks created new height in the foliage and a new image! So that triggered me, to make a quick drawing of a posible design. Having don this, I realise that the foliage is to high in this new idea and that the tree image should be more compact. So this drawing helped me to decide to stick to the original plan I made when I started to style this tree.

Now the tree is left alone until I will start the second styling in early Winter. I can hardly wait for that time to arrive!




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