Larix kaempferi/Japanese Larch Bonsai Progression Series

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The bark from the top section was stripped of its bark (my son can be seen here peeling it away, a job he loves helping me with)!

Larix kaempferi/Japanese Larch Bonsai

Once the bark was peeled away, I started to rip away at the deadwood using jin-pliers. This creates natural texture and shape to the wood.

The jin moved too far forward towards the front of the tree so using a gas torch, the sappy wood was heated and bent into shape. The jin was held in place whilst the wood cooled down and this set it into its new position.

The same technique was also used to bend some of the smaller jins into position.

Larix kaempferi/Japanese Larch Bonsai

After burning the jin had been finished, the wood was brushed with a brass brush; this removed much of the blackened areas.

To finish the jin, the surface was painted with lime sulphur.

The tree was then left to recover until the end of the year.

Larix kaempferi/Japanese Larch Bonsai

March 2006. With the branches still bare in early Spring, it is a good time to wire and style Larch. First, while most of the tree's energy is still stored in the roots, the remaining branches were pruned heavily.

This tree was given its first complete wiring and styling. It was then potted into a pot by Erin Pottery.

Height to top of jin: 22"/55cm

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