Grafted yamadori Juniper.

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In the beginning of 2000 I had a big Juniper yamadori from Japan. The first branches started very high, about at 1m60. I decided to bring a long branch from the tree down and grafted him in the life vein.


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The life vein was thick enough to graft but to be sure that the upperpart would survive I had to leave at both sides a little bit living space. It was important that I carved deep enough. The long branch was flexibel enough and I fixed it togheter with a nail and a hammer.

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Two years later I removed piece by piece all the unnecessary foliage with intervals of two months and the grafted branch became stronger and stronger. The tree was now ready for the first wiring of the main branches.

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Two years later I did some big carving work with a chain saw to bring more movement in the straight trunk by separating the living part and the deadwood from each other till half way the trunk.

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I continued with some more refined carving work with power tools. The tree was at that time two years in his first bonsai pot. After the carving work he was ready for more detailed wiring.

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First I selected the finished pot and we are now looking for the best angle.

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The tree repotted and wired are goal is now putting growth on every year that we can use the volume to bring the foliage in balance with the deadwood.


This photo is recently taken, in 2012, inside the tree we still see the grafted branch, but it is very strong now and it the only branch that pulls on the life vein.


Back side of the tree; nice movement and the deadwood looks natural.


One side of the tree, impressive foliage.


Other side, this is not exactly the front side but more or less. The foliage is now ready to be thinned out and the tree stands on his own branches without wire. This was a project of about 12 years to start from scratch to finish with a mature tree.

To all the Followers  of my Blog a Happy Newyear. With so many  visitors from all over the globe I will continue my BLOG in 2013.



Zeer mooie evolutie in slechts 12 jaar... en ook een gelukkig nieuwjaar... Grts

Posted by: Dirk | 12/31/2012

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Happy Newyear to the both of you too. Thanks sensei for everything!

Posted by: Bruno | 12/31/2012

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