A Trick for Correcting a Wire-Scarred Branch-
Spiral scars seem to happen overnight. You go to bed with happy thoughts only to arise with badly bitten in wire.
Wire scars on some plants can last well into a bonsai’s maturity. How might we correct that?
Though slight, wire marks like this bug me. This Chojubai was wired when it was a skinny cutting. The wire bit in, and the scars are still visible even though it’s now 1/2″ / 1.25cm thick.
Making larger, more complex scars can help hide repetitive, parallel wire scars. In this example, blue areas mark where wire scars might be altered, rendering them less obvious.
Using a small chisel to make slight excavations just below the bark.
After taking down the ridges where the wire scars are worst. It helps to think about camouflage here. Try taking small chunks away rather than mirroring the spiraling wire scars with new spiraling wounds.
I find this latex product assists in closing wounds faster, Kirikuchi.
The callus / woundwood that will grow from removed ridges tends to mitigate the annoying spiral of a wire scar. Though counterintuitive, making larger, more complex wounds can help mask old wire scars.
September 2021 Bulletin Board:
- Our popular Seasonal-lite online education series continues with the Fall edition, Oct. 2-3. The Fall Seasonal-lite covers design and fall techniques among other topics, over two weekend mornings, including a 30 minute private with me. Earlier this year there were participants from Belgium, Spain, and Australia. Learn more about the course here. (A reminder to Seasonal students: the Seasonal-lite online courses are now required to finish the in-person Seasonal program, join us for this Fall session if you can!)