Saturday, April 9, 2011
This began as a 20 foot tree dug from the landscape. All of the above ground parts have been removed, and the current interesting trunk was part of the root structure below ground. The trunk and branches are all formed from suckers off of the root mass. At some point, i split the tree in two. The other half is coming along as well, and some time i may plant the two together as a small grouping. The sides of the resulting hollow sealed over, forming an intriguing cave from the main front view.The branching is coming along, although it is still too coarse and simple. Getting Liquidambar to be anything but coarse is a bit of a challenge. It is19 inches high, currently.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This one started this as a matchstick-thin cutting maybe ten years ago. I have rebuilt it many times as I learned more. It's one of the few of my early bonsai still around. Now it almost looks right. The pot is still too big, but i didn't want to risk reducing the roots even further. It works pretty well in the round.