Scots Pine Bonsai Styling (SBR3 Sweden 2019)

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On Saturday 25th May 2019 I had the pleasure of working at the 3rd Scandinavian Bonsai Retreat in Gothenburg, Sweden. For this event we had a second bonsai artist, Samuel Brierley, who had flown in from New Zealand to work alongside me. Our objective was straightforward; to style each of the 11 particpants trees together, so that each bonsai was the product of both Sam's and my input.

My thanks go to all of those that took images during the workshop, particularly Tony Roberts.

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The Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) had been collected by its owner Fredrik Larsson from a bog. The tree featured two opposing branches, each growing in completely different directions from each other.

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New Zealand artist Sam Brierley considering the base of the tree during the critique at the beginnng of the day.

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Followed by my assessment for the best way forward for the design of the tree. I felt that it would serve the tree best if it was tilted and the heavy right-hand branch bent over towards the left.

scots pine bonsai

scots pine bonsai

Having already detail-wired tertiary growth on the tree before the workshop, Fredrik began the process of wrapping and wiring the two heavy primary branches so that they could be bent safely without snapping.

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scots pine bonsai

Bending the right-hand branch towards the left

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scots pine bonsai

........And applying movement to the heavy branch took some effort!

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Once we were happy with the positions of the primary branches, we were able to lay-out the secondary and tertiary branches in exacting positions.

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Fredrik Larsson with his completed Scots Pine bonsai. The tree will now require the remainder of the year to recover, however, these Swedish bog-pines are typically very strong and recover from styling well. The plan is now for the tree to be planted into a bonsai pot at some point in the next two years.