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
Yew: a splendid species
If I had to express my preference
about a tree, I would choose the Yew without any doubt. It's shocking
the quick reply it gives to the modelling, the high numer of buds
it can develop after pinching operations, the easy rootage development
and repotting bearing, it never lose a branch also with heavy sculpture
operation, and so on.
My Yew history it's an old one, and for this, a lot more satisfacting.
The experience teach me that every correct working step, can reduce
the gap between a nursery tree and a bonsai tree.
At the end of 1995 I bought this taxus cuspidata on a nursery ( Oltre
il Verde ). The tree was more than 1 m. high and with a rounding shape,
it was inported from Japan with garden destination. I like to think
at the heroic side of the tale: the brave bonsai artist able to see
the beautyness hide in a bush that nobody else can see. It decide
to save it from the garden and give it a more artistic future becoming
after lovely cures the subject of a miraculous transformation.
In the same autumn I cut away almost all the foliage from the tree
thicken branches living the minimal necessary to promote a production
of new and closer to the trunk vegetation. Frankly I didn't think
I need them because I already had in mind to use only the middle branch,
but it was useless to hurry up any decision.
Next spring I repot it cutting only few roots and trying to make the
thin root free from the stiifling clay soil.
I let the tree free to grow the whole spring pinching only the future
apex to thicken it.
The correct intervals between the watering and the plentiful fertilizations
made the tree ready for the autumn working.
The work was realized ih two phases: deadwood creation and foliage
Left side of the trunk has been worked with a mill creating a big
jin; this was good for hiding the big cuttings and was necessary to
the tree taper.
Only in few cases when you model big nursery conifers, you can give
the idea of an old and suffered tree hiding the big cuttings and correcting
the structuralk defects on the tree, using optical distraction.
It's important that the deadwood does not reveal the artificial origin,
but on the contrary it must be in harmony with shape and dimension
of trunk and vegetation.
Every bonsai detail must force the observere to believe it is natural
and never atificial.
The right branch was tranformed into a jin.
Next I wired all the remaining branches using rafia and copper wire.
I lowered the right branch and thoroughly placed in position all the
The vegetation has been brought very close to the trunk and right
branch was placed to balance the upward apex jin , making a pleasant
1995 All useless branches has been
Looking for the branches useful to
create the foliage layers.
Detail of the stumps from which all
foliage has been cut away.
Branches bending and modelling.
First step as seen from left side.
Pic# 8 - 2001
The foliage recahed the desired thickness.