This isn’t from my personal experience so much but I remember somebody (don’t remember who) talking about the timing of carving with power tools, like a dremel. He said that he only likes to do power carving in the winter, specifically when the pot is frozen because this will reduce the impact of all the vibrations of the roots. I think the logic makes sense.
Fabulous job you done there Mach, great treeI let this Japanese maple grow for a season, let the roots develop well and then did all the carving in late winter a year later. I don't think timing is critical at least on deciduous species. Just ensure that the tree is well established in its pot as already mentioned. I used a combination of dremel and hand tools. Then gave it a wash of India ink to aged it and integrate it into the overall design. Later I protected the wood with a wood hardener. This is optional as sometimes is better to just let the wood rot naturally. I think it's on case-by-case basis.
This is my attempt at being @BobbyLane !
Detail of the carving.
Fabulous job you done there Mach, great tree
I would say though, in the section here, i can see where the drill bit went in marked in yellow, you can blend these in better with a dremel grout removal bit
most wouldnt notice those little details, but i see them straight away. the smallest hole where drill bit went in is almost too circular if you see what i mean
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this is great at smoothing tool marks out
and does a lot of the work a drill bit will do, i'll combine the two
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