LG Chuhin Privet

Lars Grimm

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Hi All,

This is progression thread for my chuhin sized privet. This was one of my very first bonsai trees and the first tree I ever collected back in 2016. It was originally a shrug growing in my side yard. Here it is after initial collection in a pond basket. You can see that there was not much to look at, but privet are so forgiving it was a great starter tree.

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You can see here it grew like a weed!
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Lars Grimm

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In 2017, I took my first shot at carving. I used a dremel with some rotary bits to hollow out the center entirely and connect the lower hollow with the top.

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I then used a blowtorch to dry the wood and used some india ink to darken it. Unfortunately, I got a little overzealous with the kitchen torch and killed off the apex.... Ohh well, live and learn.
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Fast forward to 2018, I continued to let it grow out and then cut back to develop the primary and secondary branches.
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Here it is today while sitting in a Thor Holvilla container which I think is a very nice fit for it.

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The branching is coming along very nicely and I will continue to work on developing the small ramification. I think the profile is very nice. I think it needs some additional refinement of the deadwood, to develop a more natural feel. I think the flair on the base is very nice though.

Here are some closer snapshots at different angles as well.
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Here it is today while sitting in a Thor Holvilla container which I think is a very nice fit for it.

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The branching is coming along very nicely and I will continue to work on developing the small ramification. I think the profile is very nice. I think it needs some additional refinement of the deadwood, to develop a more natural feel. I think the flair on the base is very nice though.

Here are some closer snapshots at different angles as well.
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Oh yeah. I think you’ve done very well. Dead wood looks authentic and natural.
 
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