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Update November 2014: Nearly 7 months after I carved the Hornbeam bonsai, its owner Luka updated me with the following images of the tree. With Winter in Crotia fast-approaching, the Hornbeam is showing its Autumn colours. The tree has not been pruned throughout the whole growing season and the resulting free growth has re-invigorated the tree after the work carried out in the Spring, and will have helped thicken the new branch structure further.
Detail of one of the trunk-tops where I hollowed them out. The wood has aged well and lost the stark appearance of freshly-carved wood that it had in April.
Eventually the wood will begin the splinter and crack as it ages to give a very natural appearance.
Detail of one of the large uro (hollows) created to disguise a large wound resulting from the removal of a heavy branch low-down on the tree. The sides of the carving can be seen to be callusing well.
Update November 2014: Luka and his Oriental Hornbeam bonsai. The immediate plan for this tree is to plant it into a bonsai pot next Spring.
Update January 2015: The tree during the Winter of 2015, now out of leaf and showing its deadwood to great effect.