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A very big fat Barberry (Berberis) collected from an old garden around Dublin.
The Berberis after some roughing-out of the deadwood, primarily to remove some inverse taper, followed by initial pruning and wiring of the branches. I loved the deadwood on this tree!
Discussing a fat Lonicera stump with its owner
Carving another of my favourite trees on the day; a yamadori Larch (Larix). The deadwood on this Larch was well-weathered and easy to carve. The trunk required creation of a shari on one side to link up some old pruning scars, hide a newly created jin where we had removed a branch, and also removal of some wood to correct a section of inverse taper.
With relatively few branches and only straightforward carving required, this was a great subject for a large workshop, as we were able to achieve a finished design by the end of the day.
Before and After images of an Olive bonsai, carved during the workshop.