Nice dave! Have fun with this tree, looks like it has lots of potential. I like the size of the trunk.
Can you tell us more about your tree? Is it collected material? Nursery material? How long have you been growing it out? Looking foward to its progression. Keep us posted
Duane, thanks a bunch.
As far as more about this tree goes, well... I bought it on Sunday at the National Exhibit 2010. After spending Most of Saturday in the vendor area, and watching Marco's demo, (which was fantastic) I decided I wasn't going to buy a tree. I already have a bunch of material, and I was mostly looking for wire, tools and pots. I collect alot of my own material, so I never feel pressured to aquire stock, this has allowed me to be patient and choose carefully.
Anyhow, halfway through the Kubio Kobayashi demo on Sunday, (again fantastic) I decided to take another stroll through the vendors tables. Low and behold, the guys who were running Doug Paul's (maintainer of the Kennett Square Collection) put a couple trees up on the table as I was walking by.
He tells me some guy early Saturday asked him to hold this tree and another and he would be back later to pay. Well, Sunday afternoon rolls around, and the guy never showed so back on the table they went. Talk about the right place at the right time.
To his recollection this was a demo tree done by either Marco or Suthin at an event some time ago. The tree isn't the best species of juniper, and I imagine it sat out of the way neglected for a couple years. I got what I think is the deal of the century, and it is coming with me to a Ted Matson workshop this Saturday.
I have discovered the new planting angle that I believe the tree was initially styled based upon. It is killer, I have no doubt that the story of the tree's origin is "mostly" accurate. Suthin and Marco have both worked for Mr. Paul, so perhaps the tree wasn't styled at a demo, but most likely worked on by one of them.
I am wicked excited, by the way. I am going to hold aff on showing pictures of the new planting angle, until the demo this weekend. I will post a full update then. Thanks for the interest.