Home Depot Arizona Cypress

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  1. sawgrass

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    Here is an Arizona Cypress that has occupied my time recently...
    along with alot of other things.
    I have this thing sitting around for a very long time, one of my trees that
    somehow managed to survive the earlier days of my Bonsai inexperience
    when most did not. :p

    This winter, it caught my eye and I decided that since our winter was very,
    mild, I would do something with it... The pot some might have seen posted
    before, I had Chuck Iker make it for me. Seeing that the tree kinda reminded
    me of something one might find in the high deserts of New Mexico, Arizona,
    Colorado, etc... A place that I spent alot of time at in earlier days, I
    decided I wanted a pot that resembled those made by the Hopi or Navajo
    Indians... So I gave him the dimensions, he made it, fired it with an Oxide glaze,
    and I painted the motifs.

    Quite a few pics coming... give me a minute before posting so I can get them
    all up.
    :)
     
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  3. sawgrass

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    That's it...

    Oh, one more thing I wanted to say...
    It is planted in Bonsai soil, but has a top dressing of Turface, to give
    a more realistic desert floor look, but unfortunately it has been raining,
    and when Turface gets wet, it just kinda looks like regular Bonsai soil...:(
    So, you will just have to use your imagination...
    :)
     
  5. Poink88

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    Not sure if it is good or bad but the pot keeps pulling my eye and end up looking at it. It is much nicer w/ a tree.

    The style is not me...but it reminds of the last Noelanders Trophy 2012 winning willow tree (impressive but did not float my boat :D) but what do I know...Noelanders judges thinks otherwise. ;)
     
  6. xray360

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    You have any before shots of this tree? I always like seeing home depot stock being turned into bonsai since it was not grown to be a bonsai.
     
  7. sawgrass

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    No problem... :)
    Not everything is going to appeal to everyone.
    I am always trying to force myself out of the mold
    of always styling trees in a particular way...

    I don't know if this makes sense, but I have noticed that
    alot of times Bonsai artist have a tendency to style every
    tree a certain way, in so much as they often become known
    for it... Nothing wrong with it... I just personally find it
    keeps me on my feet if I am always trying to make an
    effort with each tree to go somewhere I haven't been before.

    Some times it works... some times not so much... But, each
    time I grow, and that to me is the most important thing !!!
    :)
     
  8. sawgrass

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    Sorry... no I don't. When I first started doing Bonsai.
    I like alot of folks out there I am sure, didn't dare take
    any photos of my trees... :)

    But, I am going by Home Depot in the morning and
    I am sure I can grab a photo of one that will pretty
    much play the part...
    :)

    PS. I by no means think this is some amazing tree...
    far from it... But, I do think it shows what can be
    done with even crappy material... To me, It holds
    more sentimental value and was fun to do !!!
     
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  9. bonhe

    bonhe Chumono

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    Hi Sawgrass, it is interesting to see Arizona cypress in the willow type! I think you will spend quite a bit of time to keep it in shape since Arizona cypress tends to grow upward!
    Bonhe
     
  10. Poink88

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    You know I agree with you (esp the last paragraph). :)

    I personally prefer more traditional/natural design and not as adventurous as you. I actually envy you in that sense. :) I experiment more on different methodology or try the old forgotten gardening techniques others think is not suitable for bonsai culture. I believe there is room for it...then again, maybe I am mistaken. Either way, I intend to find out. ;)
     
  11. sawgrass

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    And, this thing grows like a weed... :)
    No worries though, since the look I am going for is suppose
    to have a minimal foliage type look... I let it grow as it pleases
    to help build up it's strength, then just wack off everything
    growing up!!!
    :)
     
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  12. bonhe

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    It reminds me about tamarix!
    Bonhe
     
  13. BigDave

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    Very brave design, I like the last photo in post 1 as front.

    Pot reminds me of my friend's work, too tall, who does similar motifs
     
  14. sawgrass

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    I've got the first photo in post one as the front, mainly because
    of the deadwood going up the front, but I agree the pic you like
    would make a very nice front as well... :)

    I like your friends pot as well, does he do smaller pots???
     
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    Agree... it does look like a Tamarix.
    :)
     
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    Makes sense.

    Check out too talls stuff, he uses a tatoo machine to carve clay

    http://ceramictattooart.com/
     
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    Your effort is whimsical and charming. I'm delighted by it. I even love the, at first glance, appalling pot choice. lol I came to the opinion that it added to the whimsy of it all.

    Thank you for adding delight to my day.

    Kindly,

    Victrinia
     
  18. sawgrass

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    MAN !!! He is going to have some people in the tattoo world up
    in arms... I can hear it now, "you can't use a tattoo gun to carve clay"...
    I'm sure everyone thought the same of the first guy to go down a ski
    slope on a snowboard... "you need two of those things to ski"...
    Awesome !!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    :)
     
  19. sawgrass

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    Thanks for your kind words !!!
    :)
    The pot decision was something of a middle ground...
    Where if one was to literally take a Hopi pot and a Bonsai pot
    a merge them together, this I feel is what you might end up with it.
    Because the paint was not fired into the pot, I had to use
    an oil base sign paint, so as to be sure and hold... The shine
    will diminish over time giving a more realistic look.
    :)
     
  20. Juniperific

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    I like it.. nice job.
     

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