From the flower bed to the Tokonoma

An outskirts Juniper

Juniperus Old Gold

A long lasting workshop

Chamaecyparis Pisifera

The charm of Shari

Scheduled works on a Juniperus Chinensis

Twisting path

Yew : a splendid species



A Juniperus Chinensis bonsai tale

Often when we bought a tree, especially if it comes from a nursery without any bonsai peculiarity, we use to begin the work without scheduling a working programme to following in different times.
It's very important before beginning, to schedule the actions and proceed with them step by step in the right time, so that the tree can overcome the stress produced by the work, all this has to be kept in mind especially when we have all the necessary time, with exception for demonstrations and daily workshops, that in my opinion should be taken on pre-prepared trees avoiding the risk to lose the tree's health.

So we must force ourselves to avoid the craving to see the tree finished in short time, I am sure, based on my past experience, at the end the result will be definitely more stisfacting and the tree will answer to our work without losing any piece of health and in some cases speeding up the reaching of our terget: the maturity of our bonsai.

The first step on this tree was on the late spring 1994: branches selection, shari sculpture, branches positioning and finally repotting.
In this situation it's not easy to keep the tree health after the work, in particular if you don't have a greenhouse that during winter and windy and dry days could help us to have the ideal climate to treat trees in difficulties, repotted aro heavy worked.
After a short time, the tree lose a few branches and a lot of foliage on the apex, it was a great success to save it. Afterwards, it was let free to grow in order to build up again the foliage and bring back the vigour for two years. In late winter 1996 it was on the right condition to start again the work.
Before any other operation, I cleaned up the bark, during that I discovered with great disappointment that a front linphatic vein was completely dead, that made my work a little complicated, by the way I pluck up my courage and began to look for a different solution, the initial front without a live vein was of no interest so it was necessary a front change. The choosed solution does not allowed me to show the remaining vein but, even though different solution study, this was the one with more harmony with the vein partially showed and a good trunk movement.
After bark cleaning, a mill operation was necessary to make dead wood older and sculptured by time, so I prepared the tools and tried to make it as natural as possible.
When deadwood work was over I began to imagine the new design, as I lose some branches before, I tried to use as much foliage as possible keeping also some branches that I would usually cut.
In the beginning of spring 1997 I need to repto the tree because changing the front a 30° rotation was necessary inside the same pot, I noticed a strong rootage in that period of time.
During Autumn 1998 after final refinement I decidet to exhibit it at UBI's best Bonsai and Suiseki award.
In this very final work I realized the first brach was too heavy and inside a bend, so to hide it a little a 50% reduction of itself was done, moving it on the back. A lot people suggested me to cut it, but I think it makes the tree more particular in a better or worst way it does not matter to me.

Pic # 1 - Spring 2001 I decided to start the workgo deep with the project ideas.

Pic # 2 - Detail of the big stump left on the trunk base.

Pic # 3 - Draft step end, possible development are evaluated to create a strong visual impact.

Pic # 4 - To avoid any risk, the bend was done a little day by day without any hurry to reach the goal.

Pic # 5 - This work has been simplified with the help of a "tension bandage", once reached the optimal torsion point a guy wire has been applied.

Pic # 6 - Detail of the branch selected as future trunk, it will distribute all the foliage layers. It has been covered with rafia and bended following the tree movement.

Pic # 7 - Front side, taking into account all the problems and variables: slope, limphatic vein and tree's structure balance.

Pic # 8 - Left side during refinement step.


2006 - Donato Danisi