Rules, made to be broken?

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So I've read that its bad design to place a branch on the inside of a curve, and normally I agree. But then I got this tree, and I can't bring myself to even consider wanting to remove the branch (see
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Assuming you are talking about the first branch on the right, No I don't agree, if you mean the one to the left yes I do. If you mean the right one, I don't see enough dead feature to keep it, it is large and that tends to make people fear cutting them off but this one to me needs to go, but only If you are talking about the right side one.
 

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Yes. The one on the right in pic 1 and 2, right there in the middle of that curve. It pains me, it does. But maybe you and John Naka are right. I wonder if I should leave that bit of live bark there after the branch is gone, or try to strip it back?
 
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Yes. The one on the right in pic 1, right there in the middle of that curve. It pains me, it does. But maybe you and John Naka are right. I'll just pray for a branch on the next curve then, and after this thing regains full vigor I'll loose it.
 

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get rid of it.

If you reduce it youll probably get some back budding lower on that live vein on the right side, that you can decide to keep or not, that would place the backbudding more on the outside of that curve, if that makes sense.

Its hard to tell from the angle weather or not thats too low for branching, but regardless i think that the large branch needs to go.
 

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get rid of it.

If you reduce it youll probably get some back budding lower on that live vein on the right side, that you can decide to keep or not, that would place the backbudding more on the outside of that curve, if that makes sense.

Its hard to tell from the angle weather or not thats too low for branching, but regardless i think that the large branch needs to go.

Yeah, I see what you mean. Thanks.
 

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I'll jump on that bandwagon as well. The virt makes for a big improvement.
 

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