Friday, 31 July 2015

Scotts Pine Apex Refinement

I wasn't too happy with the apex after the first styling, but thought it was the best I could do with the foliage I had to play around with. Looking at the photos, I also started to realise that the upper portion of the trunk appeared quite straight and out of character. I set about putting some movement into the upper trunk and then the shape of the crown came together much easier, into a more mature, domed canopy. I am happy for now... At least until I attempt to get it into a pot at this angle! Roll on 2017!

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Yamadori Scotts Pine - First Styling!

Yesterday I performed the first styling on my new yamadori Pinus sylvestris!



Friday, 24 July 2015

XL Hawthorn: July 2015

The big hawthorn has grown well this year. Today I trimmed the shoots again, blowtorched the recent carving on the root, and also reduced the apex a little, to create a more rounded crown.



Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Monday, 20 July 2015

Root Carving on the Big Hawthorn

I recently did the block carving on the big root around the rock. It will need a little refining and blowtorching when the wood dries.

More Scouting in North Wales

Another recent reconnaissance mission in N. Wales with the family...



Stunted hawthorn.

Juniper deadwood.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Taxus Pruning

A couple of days ago I gave the "windswept" Taxus a good pruning to improve the structure and begin building the foliage pads.


I am not currently very happy with the top third of the tree. It appears quite tall and spindly and is lacking in taper. I am thinking of growing a new leader to replace the apex, creating better taper and denser branching.

Back of tree.
I don't think I have posted a photo of the back of the tree for a while. The deadwood here is quite extensive now and is beginning to take on an aged patina.

Deadwood detail.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Yamadori For Sale

I currently have a few excess raw material trees available for sale or trade. I do not collect trees simply to sell, but carefully select material for myself, and occasionally have a small number of surplus trees.  All legally collected in 2013 and well established.

I can be contacted at

Hawthorn 01

Hawthorn 02