Leinster Bonsai Club Workshop, Dublin, Ireland 2017

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hornbeam bonsai

A big Hornbeam (Carpinus) bonsai with great taper and an established branch structure, but suffering from some very large wounds that were very unlikely to heal over (within 10-20 years at least). This tree required me to carve the wounds, as the tree was unable to hide the wounds by callousing over such a large area, we embelished them instead.

hornbeam bonsai

Chalkmarks on the trunk to indicate to me where I would remove bark, and where I would remove wood.

hornbeam bonsai

hornbeam bonsai

Removing bark and wood, along the lines marked in chalk. Notice the narrow shari linking the two heavy wounds top and bottom of the trunk.

hornbeam bonsai

With my roughing-out complete, the wood was smoothed using wire-brushes fitted to a dremel.

hornbeam bonsai

hornbeam bonsai

Image of the other side of the tree (showing approximately the front), with further carving to disguise two further large wounds. Here the deadwood has had ash added to it and the lime-sulphur is just beginning to dry and brighten the wood.

privet bonsai carving

Earlier in the day we found the best trunkline for this Privet (Ligustrum) and several large trunks were removed. It was then necessary to disguise the resulting chop wounds.

privet bonsai carving

privet bonsai carving

privet bonsai carving

One of my favourite images from the day, heavy wood-removal using a Bonsai Nibbler carving bit fitted to a Makita Diegrinder!

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