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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