The Styling of a Huge Privet Bonsai

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Over 2 weeks in April 2015 I carved and styled the Privet. I had to remove a lot of wood from the base of the tree where it had been in contact with the soil. Whilst it is possible to harden and save rotting Privet deadwood with wood-hardening products, if the wood is too soft and crumbling, it is too rotten to save and it is better removed back to more solid wood.
Once the soft, pulpy wood had been removed, the remainder was shaped, embellished and smoothed out. The deep hollows were blackened using a black waterbased ink and the exterior surfaces, or 'skin' had a couple of coats of watered-down lime-sulphur applied. The purpose of the using the lime-sulphur was to kill any remaining fungi and to create a more uniform finish to the 'skin' of the deadwood (rather than turn it white).

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Detail of the top of the trunk

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The fully styled Privet bonsai as seen from the front of the tree. Height 19"/46cm, width 17"/42cm 

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The back of the tree was also carved and dressed; detail image of the base of the tree at the back.

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The Privet bonsai seen from behind........

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.........the left-hand side

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.........and the right hand side.

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Privet bonsai re-styling, before and after, April 2015.

All that remains for this tree now is to move it into a bonsai pot and to develop the branches over the next few years.

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