Wiring Lessons, Wayne Schoech, and Spruce
Wayne Schoech, owner of Stone Lantern and well-known to many of you for his popular BonsaiBark blog, visited Portland last week for a four-day wiring immersion. Here are a few photos of his visit:
Wayne started with some wiring exercises that explored the physics of wire anchors and planning, then progressed to this pine.
Sharing adjustment concepts, how to place a branch and set a pad.
Discussing pad organization on the tree I was working on, an Ezo spruce.
For Wayne’s visit we referred to this excellent beginner’s book on wiring, available at Stone Lantern for .99 cents. Quite a deal. We began with some massive plastic-sheathed aluminum straight up the trunk to deliver the full 240 volts to the crown of the tree. This is a new direction for Crataegus Bonsai but it looks promising and we’ll let you know how it turns out.
Some of you have seen this Ezo spruce before on this blog. It’s slowly developing some density near the crowns and the pads are gaining mass. This spring it will go on some kind of platform, probably one of those odd nylon things I’ve been playing with. So you might see this one again soon. 42″/106 cm from root base to crown.
Since this is supposed to be an educational bonsai blog I guess I should include something of use to bonsaiists, yes? So, the tip of the week: When working on spruce, always cut—if you’re going to cut a shoot—always cut right before a bud. Otherwise it will die back to where there is a bud. It may take a year, but it will yellow and then finally die back. And this is about the last month you’d want to wire a spruce, the range being from fall through early spring.