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Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 2

Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 2

October 9, 2017

Here’s what we did with the Shore Pine from last week: Shore Pine before adjustments… …Shore Pine after adjustments. These were pretty small changes. To make effective changes we have to start with a decision point, what it is that are we trying to accomplish. For this tree, there were two decision points: Balance the […]

Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 1

Shore Pine Design Exercise—Pt. 1

October 2, 2017

During rewiring a tree is a good time to rethink the design and look for ways to improve it. We gave this Shore Pine that kind of scrutiny this past week. This is one of our two-part series, which will conclude next week. Here is the Shore Pine before some changes. Next week we’ll show […]

When to Let a Tree Run Off Leash-

When to Let a Tree Run Off Leash-

September 22, 2017

We talk endlessly about how to manage the growth of bonsai. Which technique for this species, which for that…and it’s a good thing we do, as it’s very important. If we get it wrong we could end up in a pretty pickle. Less often do we talk about how important the opposite is for an […]


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