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!
What is that thing you are using to blast the tree clean?
It’s like a water pick for trees.. I bought it in Japan a couple of years ago. Expensive thing but it makes cleaning large areas of deadwood a snap. The pressure is adjustable so you don’t damage softer wood.
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It’s still looking like its gonna be a cracking tree 🙂
I like the way you’ve photographed it. As if not to give too much away!!
You mean like the monster from ‘Alien’? Just parts of it? Hadn’t thought of that… just happened!
I think I’ve used a Brit thing to say.. “Cracking tree” means something along the lines of ‘Awesome tree’ hahaha
All of it not just part of it! … Waiting in anticipation of the next instalment 🙂
I thought the water jet gadget was pretty cool tool to have in ya toolbag too 😉
Ah, cracking, I like that. Except when it’s involving branches…
nice step by step pictures one question at what ratio do you mix lime sulfur at
So much of this tree is old weathered, silvered wood. If you put 100% lime sulfur on that it will look stark white and to my eyes, ugly. I like to see some wood underneath the silver, so I just put a light dilution over that, about 1:7. On the newly carved areas I’ll use 100% with a touch of white paint.
Amazing tree!I hope Bobby has his business socks on… 🙂
Most hilarious song ever… for those yet to be fans of Flight of the Conchords, try the YouTube of theirs called ‘business time’.
Blasted tree. Is that a squirt gun, or some kind of high pressure water device you’re using to clean off the algae and dirt?
It’s a high pressure water pick of sorts. See reply to Darrell Walker–
I think you and Bobby both need T-shirts that read “Team Building Exercise ’99.”
Any place in America to get that Blasting tool. I recently saw another one in an article from Japan. I’d like to get one too. Thanks
This is the only place I’ve seen it: