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.


  1. John Wiessinger says:

    You are right on the money, Michael. I’ve often wondered why I was so unimpressed with sharp pointed
    jins and now I know why. Many thanks for pointing (pardon the pun) out the obvious

  2. Charlie H. Mosse says:

    Wondered about all of the pointy jin that we create but do not see so much in nature. Thanks for the direction.

  3. Ali Radwani says:

    am trying to start doing some bonsai starting from “bonsai kit” .. i am new here đŸ™‚ love all your photos and wiring the tree, I always was thinking “how this branch is growing like this.”

    • crataegus says:

      The bonsai kits can be a very slow way to grow one…if there are potted trees and shrubs available from a local nursery, that might be another good way to begin.

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