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Hi everybody, yesterday was the perfect day to re wire and restyle “Wolfie” my old Mugo Pine. After I applied all the necessary aluminium wire, witch was not that much because most of the main branches stay in place pretty good, I could stat to bring all the smaleer branches into their desired positions. Two of the main and heavy branches needed some surport, so I placed some sticks underneed them to help them to stay in place. Than I rougly placed all the branches in the top and the right side of the tree into place. After that was don I could more easely see, how what I had planed to do with the left side of the tree would look! Normaly I would do the whole styling of a tree in one go, but I was carful for a good reason! Now that this little tree and it’s design has progresed a lot over the last years, I became more and more sure that that straight long Jin that protrudes trough the left side foliage needed to be shortened considerably! I wayted this long because, in real live, that Jin gives a lot of visual speed to the already exsiting movements of the trunk line! But like I sad, it is to straight and there is not much I can do to change that! So it was time to see just how short it hat to become to fit best in the more refind design?! This is exsactly way I dont finish my deadwood sections during the first years of styling! In most cases I like to form the deadwood to compliment the design of the tree, not the other way around! You can always cut it off later, sticking it back on is a lot harder to do! So the Jin was shortened so that it just sticks out trough the foliage, this way it stil has a function in enhancing the trunk movement and direction and also creates a point of interest and it helps to tel the story of this trees harsh live high in the mountains! I think it looks great with the brightly green small foliage! Goming Monday I will start to work on all the deadwood on this tree! The large Jin on the leftside will be worked on to creat some more refinement and detailes, to fit this new finer design! The right root on the base of the trunk will be treated with woodhardener and Jinseal (limesulfare). And all the other deadwood will be cleaned and than also treated with Jinseal. I will post some pics when I am don with that!
The temporary pot is a Tokaname. Height is 42 cm/ 16,5 inch.
I am realy happy with the way “Wolfie” is progresing over the years! I cant wait to see it in a nice pot!
Hans van Meer.