Shore Pine…on a Metal Post…
For a few years I didn’t know what to do with this tree. I’d collected it with Anton Nijhuis on Vancouver Island, Canada, and remembered all too well the long, thick, stick-like root that would make putting it in a small pot one of forcing it to be there. Which isn’t a happy solution.
So it ended up on a small slab support, bolted to a 3″ metal post…
…which makes me happier than had it gotten into a bonsai pot. Now it hangs off the shade cloth structure in the rain. Like an orchid.
Enjoy the photo essay!
Our Shore Pine (Pinus contorta subsp. contorta), as it sat in the yard for three years, pre-styling.
The chosen inclination for styling…
…and the styled tree. The decision was to retain the whimsicality of the tree rather than to constrain it into a typical bonsai framework. Which would have involved wood removal and a lot of horsing around, and, frankly, would have destroyed what I liked about this tree in the first place: A certain freedom of expression.
This long root limited some potting applications, such as a pot of the proper dimensions for such a small tree.
Pondering the slab possibilities. This once again is one the nylon slabs that I prefer for smaller projects like this. The material is not strong enough for the larger ones.
Tying the tree onto the slab. This is one side…
…and here’s another side. The ‘front”—which I put in quotes because there were a few views of this once bolted in place on the post which were just as fun as the assumed front.
A muck wall holds the soil in place.
Root work on the platform finished. And Andrew’s arm snaking into the photo to the left.
The Shore Pine on its post. 24″ / 61 cm high. The flange of metal and a bolt are visible to the right…truth in advertising?
And another view, from the left. Truth in advertising not seen. Over time moss will grow over the muck and the grey-tinted sphagnum, hopefully making this weird thing more palatable to the eye. For now, it’s the only ‘pine-orchid’ in the yard.