I don’t always know what I’m going to see when I walk out of Boon’s workshops. During a recent visit, I stumbled upon what looked like a bonsai ray gun.
Bonsai ray gun?
Turns out the green pistol is a water pik like device that’s great for removing loose bark on junipers. Alternatives to this device include hand tools designed for stripping flaky bark and nylon or metal brushes.
The pistol up close
Using the gun to prepare a collected Sierra juniper for exhibit
The gun is fairly powerful. Turn it up to max and carve right through living bark. When set just right, it can make removing old bark fun.
It’s hard to wield the device with a straight face
I don’t know when I’ll have a tree that needs this treatment, but when I do, I’ll know what to reach for.
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Mike Pollock says
Hey, I need one of those! 🙂
I’ve been stripping bark like a madman on a Rocky Mountain Juniper I just acquired. I like the manual method because the time I spend gets me well-acquainted with the details of a tree. But if I had a lot of trees to do…
Any idea what it is called by its maker?
I don’t know what the tool is called – I’ll let you know if I find out.
John Romano says
I used one at Urushibata’s a lot when there. Great tool! That was a few years ago and I wanted one since. This past Nov back in Japan I was going to buy one until I saw the price tag – expensive! But, Tomohiro Masumi advised me to show him my business card and ask for professionals discount. Bang – almost 50% off! I love it to clean bark on shohin, blow off moss, mold, etc on jin/shari. Mine is blue – Boon’s is green. I think he has the higher powered one. Since I do small trees, my is fine.
John, could you tell us the name and where to to buy it?
John Romano says
It is made in Japan and I’ve never seen it sold in the US. I bought it from a vendor at Taikan ten last November in Kyoto and I’ve also seen them advertised in the Kinbon magazine. If you have any contacts in japan, someone may be able to secure one for you and mail it to you from there. There is no English text on it nor on the pamphlet that comes with it.