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Deadwood study

Interesting to consider how deadwood appears in different species. Ever looked closely at it?
Some areas of Japanese white pine wood rots easily, and comes off in long strings, often leaving a matrix of the inner-most core remnants of branches behind:

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Ponderosa pines show slivers, flakes, and scales. From TGT Bonsai:

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Japanese black pine tends not to carry much deadwood. I presume this is because it rots and heals over fairly quickly. Here is an uncommon example, lifted from Jonas’Bonsai Tonight photos of the REBS 31st show:

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Needle junipers have knobby burl-like deadwood, indicative of its spur-like growth pattern (from Peter Tea’s blog):

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Shimpaku and other scale junipers tend to show the grain. When carving, we can accentuate the existing grain for a rather natural look:

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Yew shows relatively less grain, but will show recesses where the live vein redirects over time to create canoe-shaped channels:

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It’s good to examine different species’ natural characteristics and traits when carving deadwood on their containerized counterparts! Happy carving.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Brian,
    exactly on the spot here. I am about to publish an article on the same topic in my blog. With more accent on the broad-leaved tree though. Would you mind if I add a link to your article in my post?

    Vlad

    September 19, 2015
    • Of course you may. Best regards, Brian

      September 19, 2015
  2. Bruce Winter #

    Gorgeous examples! Especially the first and last.

    September 19, 2015
  3. Thank you Brian. Published.

    September 26, 2015

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