Jins are Rarely Pointed…
…in the wild, jins tend to have a cracked, blunted, or sheared-off look. Yet in bonsai we tend to the default, and whittle our dead branches to something so sharp a bird would be nervous about landing on them.
A photo I took in my garden this past week shows what I’m talking about.
This jin has never been touched with a carving tool. It’s not sharp, and it’s not really dull either, being eroded, frayed, and broken. This is also a pine jin, and pine does tend to create different jin than juniper—the comparison of which will be the next post’s subject.