A bunjin Ponderosa pine gets a new look-
Here’s a photo essay of a Ponderosa pine styling that we did last month with a few Seasonal students-
The pine after some cleanup on the deadwood, but before doing anything else. The next three photos are each turned another 90 degrees.
This was our favorite front. Avoiding the long slow curves, the trunk comes toward the front near the top and the line was the most un-S-curve-like one we could find.
Tom and Steve cleaning the deadwood, which had some dead bark attached.
Chris cleaning the trunk. It took us a good six hours to prep this tree, but only one hour to actually wire it.
Bobby got in on the action too-
Totally wired tree, at our chosen front, before setting the branches. We kept spraying the lime sulfured areas lightly to release the yellow sulfur.
After branch setting, 33″/84 cm high. Most of the sulfur was gone by the end of the day. We’ll repot this tree in the spring. We enjoyed the live vein from this front, and the twisting old shari, which was caused by borers many years ago in the mountains. We could still see the galleries where they had munched through the phloem, killing off spiraling areas of living tissue. Sometimes they get a bit rambunctious up there in the mountains and kill off the entire tree. Deadwood may be caused by a number of factors, but a borer is one of the most common. We’ll put a photo up next year sometime to show the development of this fella-