Big Juniper Project: ‘The Fish’: Part II
This post is the second about our work this week on a Rocky Mountain Juniper.
Today both Bobby and I smell like lime sulfur, which, to the uninitiated, smells strongly of rotten eggs. We had splatters of this solution all over us. Thankfully I have no plans tonight. I was worried about getting a good start with Bobby’s wife, and I’m not sure his arrival home tonight is going to help much. Which is sad as I was doing well; I was looking forward to Annie’s winter soups, but after today I might be rewarded with lukewarm gruel.
The day was spent completing our cleaning and detailing. Only a minor amount of carving was done, mostly touching up a few jins that had been lopped off with a saw. This tree actually had remarkably little to cut off; we’re using pretty much the whole tree. Bobby has had several warm-up junipers under his belt and so much of this has been familiar. This is our first major collaborative work.
Half of juniper work is prep work. The silvering and whitening effect of lime sulfur helps us see the live vein a bit better, which sometimes influences our front and inclination choice. It didn’t this time. We still prefer our first choice. Which is pretty much where the full tree has been photographed, fish tail flipping to the right.
So far we’ve really done nothing.. which is strange given how well I slept last night. All we’ve done is clean and expose what was already there. Tomorrow we begin styling the tree. The light has been cooperating for photography.. nice bright warm days here in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Until tomorrow then!