Bonsai from the Ground Up

clic8991

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To further my understanding in the art, I attempted to construct the elements of bonsai from wood. It gave me a chance to try out my die grinder and consider the components and proportion that results in a powerful bonsai: A strong base relative to the horizon (2X12); non-symmetrical radial roots (some left over base board); a moving tapering trunk (a dead tree branch; some celtis species (Sugarberry, I think)); and energy/life lines (Thirteen Hedera helix-English Ivy plants, finishing nails). I was even able to place the primary and secondary branches off the English ivy. I took me about 5 hours. I don't know if people do this sort of thing to make bonsai (or if it will work). All together it was successful in experience, if not the start of a great tree. However, it became clear, that my imagination, my ability to craft, or both are lacking. The trunk is contrived; it does not complement the quality of the ivy, which can be exceptionally gnarly. The tree has only two clear fronts and its construction is mechanical if not mathematical. If bonsai, in its highest form, is an imitation of nature, then this may be one step removed; an imitation of bonsai. Perhaps over time the habit of ivy will put a rosy flesh and wise polish on top of this bastardized frame.

Colin
 

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If bonsai, in its highest form, is an imitation of nature, then this may be one step removed; an imitation of bonsai. Perhaps over time the habit of ivy will put a rosy flesh and wise polish on top of this bastardized frame.

Colin

....well if nothing else you have a great command of the english language........
 

John Ruger

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You may find interesting the ideas surrounding what the Japanese term Tanuki or "phoenix grafts" which incorporates the concept of bonsai creation from two sources; one source being dead wood. By utilizing the dead wood as the focal point of the composition, you then fashion the live portions from malleable material-in your case Ivy.
 

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To create a good Tanuki you are on the right road....
To Make a Great Tanuki you need to read all the postings by Behr Appleby aka Grampz...
Irene
 
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