From the flower bed to the Tokonoma
An outskirts Juniper
Juniperus Old Gold
A long lasting workshop
The charm of Shari
Scheduled works on a Juniperus Chinensis
Yew : a splendid species
The charm of Shari
Many times I asked myself how
a tree could survive to such a extreme ambioent situation.
The nature is ruthless, as a matter of fact, for some trees it's hard
to survive the hard mountain climate. Sometime them need to find around
the last wet grain of earth or protect themselves from the froze under
the snow even if they are forced to sacrifice some branches.
In the brginning I was not so charmed by this kind of bonsai because
in my point of view I found them too much artificial, more like a
statue then a bonsai. Through the time intead, reading, and studying
their peculiarity I began to appriciate them and have a form of respect
I happened to walk in small mountain paths, or near the sea, and see
some trees living in a fistful of earth or in a few cwntimeters wide
Thanks to dry needle accumulation and a bunch of dust, the roots could
reach the earth beside a rock and survive.
Modelling a Bonsai it's not always necessary to create shari, by the
way in some cases is nearly compulsory, as it was for the tree treated
in this article, a nursery one never modeled before.
How could I hide cut branches and stumps without smooth and carve
them to make them more suitable to a bonsai?
I am saying it ina contentious manner because it still happen to me
to listen some critics about that, even from famous bonsai artists
that do not take into account how was the tree in the beginning.
I am completely agree about the fact that deadwood will get natural
only with time, using the present knowledge.
I am talking on basis of my experience got during a trip to Japan
with my "Studio Botanico" friends, after the visit at Masahiko
Kimura's garden, we had a discussion after lunch on his sitting room
about the Bonsai state in Japan and the Italian developement.
We couldn't go out for bad weather and took the most from the master
to ask him several questions, among them the request of some suggestion
on dead wood techniques.
Kimura, showing us a well worked log asked us to estimate how time
would have been necessary to obtain a result like that.
Somebody answered four hours, some others seven, I guessed five or
six but hard to obtain a result like thet.
Mister Kimura starred at us with an hironical smile and shaking the
head told us that just few seconds would have been enogh; we looked
each uder disbeliving.Our master explained us that he created a special
tool to make it, but there were no secret revealed over the tool,
letting us in suspence.
For us all this seems like a since-fiction movie, so come back talking
about something more "human" level.
Some junipers, after a strong
trimming, tend to lose limphatic veins in correspondence to the wounds,
after a year or two, removing the naturally dried bark, we discovered
a shari obtained without any risk (a danger in case of artificail
shari) to lose the tree.
Picture # 1
Spring 1996. The tree at the purchasing
moment; in the same period the tree has been repotted in
a cultivation pot to preapare it for the future.
Picture # 2
stump removing and bark cleaning.
Picture # 3
I decided in the first step to use
the top branch for the modelling, but after a thoroughly
observation I noticed it would be too high, so I used lower
branch placed in the meedle, enough to recreate the foliage.
Picture # 4
Detail of mill operation.
Final result obtained in Novembre
1996. The tree is about 30 cm. high, in the beginning it
was 80 cm. high.