Two Old Pines
These two imported black pines have been through a number of hands in the United States, most notably Boon Manakitivipart, who established the basic branch framework of them. A client owns them.
The refinement work shown here is typical of that applied to very established conifers. Both trees’ key branches needed shortening, having slowly grown too long over years of proper maintenance, and they were shortened several inches. Otherwise the adjustments from the before and after photos are very subtle. The foliage pads are wired and set so as to create small groups—modular sections of larger groups—and wired straight out to suggest the strong personality of black pines. White pines and junipers look better with more lift to the tips of shoots.
The first bonsai is a huge two-person tree, over one meter tall, and the second bonsai, a root over rock pine, is very old but moderate sized.