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Windy Mountain Hemlock Styling

Windy Mountain Hemlock Styling

October 16, 2020

This Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, came from Vancouver Island, BC, courtesy of collector Anton Nijhuis.  My impression of wind-influenced trees is that the foliage pads are slender when seen from the side. Also, there is usually some air between the branches. We used that idea in our styling of this tree. The raw Mountain Hemlock, […]

Ponderosa Pine—With Same Wire for 10 Years

Ponderosa Pine—With Same Wire for 10 Years

October 9, 2020

It’s true. I’ve a pine with the same wire on it for 10 years. We often hear talk of removing the wire on our trees in the fall. The question is, when they are not in danger of biting in, why take the wires off? Sometimes, the thinking is, it’s to protect from damage from cold—which, […]

Squatty Limber Pine Styling-

Squatty Limber Pine Styling-

September 25, 2020

Nearly 10 years ago I found this Limber Pine sitting at the intersection of three cracks in solid granite. The chunks of silvered wood you see as ‘wings’ on either side of the lower trunk, with air under them, are the remains of the original root system that ran down two cracks. The space underneath […]