Yew or hemlock?

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Yew or Hemlock? I bought this yamadori tree last year and it has grown out nicely. It needs some wiring and lime-sulfur. I just don’t know what species it is and I’d appreciate your input. Thank you.

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The seller didnt know. I assumed it was either yew or hemlock because I’ve never had either one of the species. I just knew I wanted it.
Well that's unreal. To have such a piece as this and not know.
Could it be black market?
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Tsuga does not behave like this ^
You have to realize the amount of years and carving put in on this bonsai.
It certainly needs cleaning up, but healthy.
 

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Tsuga does not behave like this ^
You have to realize the amount of years and carving put in on this bonsai.
It certainly needs cleaning up, but healthy.
I don’t think there was several years of work put into this, may be one or two, at max since collection. It leafed out well this year. Yes, certainly needs some clean. I didn’t want to touch it until spring.
 

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I paid cash but who knows, lol.
LOL I meant the seller. Didn’t know it was yamadori.

I don’t think there was several years of work put into this, may be one or two, at max since collection. It leafed out well this year. Yes, certainly needs some clean. I didn’t want to touch it until spring.
Ok, this is why the foliage looks younger than the trunk.
Typically carving of yews requires power tools as it’s so dense a wood, very hard.
 

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Typically carving of yews requires power tools as it’s so dense a wood, very hard.
Thanks! Good to know that Yew wood is hard wood. Im looking forward to doing a limited carving on this one at some point. It’s a schinus molle, California pepper tree. It’s a beast really. Ate the wooden stake growing up!
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Yeah. I agree not much work out into this at all! You should probably just sell it to me.
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Nice!
I was not putting down the effort or work that went into this at all. Just saying that when I got it, it was still barely a bonsai. Knew it had potential though.
 

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It basically is raw material. Collected, some initial carving and the branches were wired once. Nice starting material but not something someone spent a decade developing.

The wood is very dense. I broke one of my tools on a 1/3 inch dead branch. Proceed carefully if you have good tools.
It is very easy to carve though.
 

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The wood is very dense. I broke one of my tools on a 1/3 inch dead branch. Proceed carefully if you have good tools.
It is very easy to carve though.
Thank you for your pointers. I have an angle grinder for large yamadori and some basic hand-held, wood engraving/carving tools. I’m thinking of getting either a dremel or a makita power tool for doing smaller, delicate carving work. Any suggestions on which one to get?
 

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