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After a very late start to the growing season in May, almost 2 months later than the year before, everything exploded into growth through a wet June and July and I was regularly pruning some trees back twice a week to keep up!
Early July 2016: Carving a yamadori Olive bonsai (Olea sylvestris) belonging to Alex Mai Bonsai in early July 2016. Note the use of multiple carving machines (angle grinder, Makita die-grinder as well as a number of Dremels). As well as providing a range of different carving effects, the use of several machines ensures that carving can be carried out interrupted without the need to stop and change carving bits.
Early July 2016: Alex Mai Bonsai studying the tree with me prior to beginning work.
Early July 2016: Using the angle-grinder, mounted with a termite bit, to shape the stump at the top of the Olive.
Early July 2016: The top of the Olive rough-carved to remove some inverse taper.
Early July 2016: And the top of the stump after adding texture
Early July 2016: During the same session we photographed some of Alex's other trees. Here, a stunning shohin Sabina Juniper bonsai. Less than 10"/25cm in height, the tree looks in great condition after styling by Taiga Urushibata at the Spirit of Shohin show in April.
Early July 2016: And a Japanese Black Pine originating from Spain. The 10"/25cm tall tree was still over-potted but its nebari spreads from one side of its pot to the other.