Very Old Mountain Hemlock Styling-
This antique tree was collected some years ago by Anton Nijhuis of Vancouver Island, Canada, and was recently brought to Oregon, USA. We reworked it here last week for a client. The dynamism of the low descending branch and its bumping movement definitely made for a fun styling.
Curiously, the entire tree is a rooted branch. It has somewhat larger needles than most Mountain Hemlocks have, and Anton said that it seemed like a strain of hemlock localized to that one mountain, and he’d not seen it elsewhere.
Here’s a photo essay of our restyling. Enjoy-
This was the Mountain Hemlock before we did anything.
…after shortening a few jins and tipping the tree to our new inclination, and finding our front. Like so many front choices, it was a balancing of goods and bads…
Bobby refining a jin.
…wiring from the bottom up. We did not use anything more than wrapped wire and a few guy wires to restyle this tree.
Matt Reel was in the studio that day…and he was very determined to be seen, as he was in exactly the same place in the next two shots, too.
Bobby wiring the top.
A few finishing touches. At this point we were a bit goofy. Long day.
From this direction, from the left, you can see where the lower descending branch comes from, and how close it is to the trunk. The smaller branches of this tree had very mature bark, so it’s quite old.
Detail shot of the top.
Close in shot of the cascading branch.
And our final tree! 35″ (89 cm) from top to lowest branch. Will be repotting this tree in the spring, either into a box or a pot. A deep square would be nice, eventually. Hopefully something less brilliantly orange than this one…