Preparing a black pine for exhibit
Not long before last month’s Bay Island Bonsai exhibit, Boon mentioned that there was room for more trees if I was interested. I looked around my backyard for candidates and found that one of my black pines had filled in nicely after the previous year’s decandling. I brought it to workshop to see if it had a chance.
As the needles looked good, the tree would be fine if I had time to wire it ahead of the exhibit. I hadn’t planned to show the tree for another two or three years as I’d recently removed the first branches on both sides and was mid-way through reducing the crown, but I figured it was worth a try. We repotted the tree on the spot with a Japanese pot I’d brought along just in case.
A masked Daisaku Nomoto checks the planting angle
The tree was pretty bare two years ago, and the crown too large (see “Big Cuts” for details).
It’s filled in a bit since then, but was really rangy just a week before the show.
Some tweezer work, wire and a small number of cuts later the tree was ready to go.
One week later
The silhouette still needs some work, but the new planting angle brings up an interesting question – which was does the tree point, and why? For some thoughts on the topic, see “Displaying a shimpaku juniper” from last year’s exhibit.