In the meantime I've decided it was time to start working on this little guy.
|What I would consider to become the future front|
|Previous owner was trying to train a new apex but I disagree with this approach. When this branch will thicken later|
I feel it would be too close to the deadwood already present. One has to go.
|There's an interesting natural uro (hollowed out area) on the lower area. The wood look already weathered and might need some treatment sooner than later.|
|The old apex that dried out. I know lots of articles say that jin (dead branch, usually stripped of bark) is mostly for coniferous bonsai but being in a tropical context with lots of deciduous and broadleaf species, I see natural jin and natural shari on lots of deciduous / broadleaf species.|
It always helps when you see something in a plant and put it down into a sketch. You don't need to be a great artist and it does not need to be a drawing. I can be notes or a description of what you see in your material.
In this case I see an african styled tree, slanted with the foliage pad growing away from the main trunk.
I also want to make use of that old dead apex .
Time to start working
|Just for info I was working on the tree at night, that's the reason why the leaves are closed. Its not due to wiltering!|
|If I go by my sketch, then I need to keep this section of foliage.|
|If I go by my sketch, then I need to remove this section of foliage.|
|There are various bud that have started to swell. For me that means that a new growth cycle is starting.|
|The tree seems to display an apical dominance so I'll need to take this into account too.|
|Those two branches need to be removed.|
|Cleaning up done|
Carving the shari
|Some of the wood carving tools I'll be using to create the jin.|
|I found a cavity at the back of the trunk. It was not too deep but I'm glad I did that carving early.|
If I had waited another year before starting to work that jin this might have gotten worst.
|Back side cleared of its bark.|
Done for nowI'm done for now.
I'm going to allow the jin to be worked by the elements and keep a close eye on it.
The bark is rather dark, so I might use some lime sulphur on the jin and uro to make them come out.
|Side of the tree|
|What I'd like to achieve in the future|