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The cycle continues: Shimpaku with Bjorn part 2

Finished trees are worked in 5-7 year cycles, spending 3-5 years preparing trees to get them to the pinnacle of show condition, showing them for a year or two, and them starting the cycle over again. The cycle started in 2013 for this Shimpaku when I acquired it as shown:

Since it had once been prepared for show by the previous owner, and it was an older but healthy Bonsai, the preparation cycle was a bit shorter. It was repotted into good soil, the deadwood was cleaned, and it was allowed to grow in 2014:

Then, in May, 2015, Bjorn and I detail-wired the tree in preparation for the USNBE in 2016:

It was allowed to grow out in 2016, so it could be cleaned up again before the show, but shown in a fuller state.

Fall 2016 before:

And after; ready for the 5th USNBE:

At the USNBE in 2016:

And at the Carolina Bonsai expo the following month:

And one last appearance at our local spring show in May 2017:

Then it was allowed to grow out for the rest of the year, really one of my favorite shots in this progression; even, balanced, full, but still retaining some definition. However, the wires were pretty deeply embedded by this point; most having been on the tree for 3 growing seasons, and leaving it much longer could have resulted in damage to branches.

And finally unwired over Christmas 2017, it was a bittersweet project that took about 6 hours.

Light pruning:

And so I could stand to look at it, I guy-wired a few branches down, and the tree will get to rest this year.

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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful image.

    April 28, 2018
  2. Reblogged this on Wolf's Birding and Bonsai Blog.

    April 28, 2018
  3. Thanks for sharing this cycle. It’s something I need to be reminded about.

    April 28, 2018

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