|Project by Blake||posted 01-09-2010 01:57 AM||3107 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
Woodworking with living wood
My wife got me my first bonsai tree for Christmas. I had expressed interest in them several months ago during an exhibition at the county fair. She had remembered even though I hadn’t thought of it since.
As a woodworker, I have come to respect and appreciate trees in their natural form just as much as the lumber they yield. Bonsai trees are an art form which idealizes the form of the tree as it is in nature and mimics it in miniature. Great care must be taken to pot, prune, train, and cultivate a dwarfed tree in order to keep it healthy over many generations.
The small starter bonsai was the gift. After some research I decided to go get an $8.99 “shrub” from a garden center to practice with before attacking the gift.
The first two photos are the garden center shrub (before and after). The Second two photos are the gift bonsai. Both bonsai are Japanese Juniper. The wire you see wrapped around the branches is “training” the tree by forcing the branches into more natural looking configurations. After about a year the wire will come off and more pruning will be done. In the last two photos are the cinder blocks I arranged as a cheap stand ($2 bucks a piece) right outside our front door.
Last week I built this “Bonsai Tool Box” for the tools I have been collecting to work with the bonsai:
Hope you enjoy seeing these!
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