This was Mauro's first visit to Natures Way, but he immediately showed his mastery of the art of Bonsai.
Mauro performed some magic on this wonderful old twisted trunk Rocky Mountain Juniper, and created a real stunner!
Here is the tree before starting. It is probably around 250 years. As you can see Mauro thinks it is a sweet piece!
He studied the tree, and made several sketches, showing styling options.
Option A was chosen, as it shows the dynamics within the tree quite well.
The top-most branch would have to go, and the bottom right foliage mass would be raised a bit and brought forward to make a compact design.
Mauro proceeded to remove the top-most branch, and set it up as a jin.
The main branch had a lot of deadwood where the live vein was growing, so to do the work necessary on the branch, the live vein was split away from the deadwood. The deadwood was left as an interest point.
Some additional carving work was needed to free the live vein so it could be moved.
Note Mauro's concentration on the job at hand!
A small amount of fine detail cleanup work was needed.
The live vein was then supported with several #6 gauge wires, and raffia was wrapped over the area which would be bent, to help spreading out the bending tension in the wood fibers. This prevents breakage in the living wood.
Both Mauro and Flex seem very happy with the result!
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