Ned Lycett was one of the happy exhibitors at the inaugural Artisans Cup held in Portland, Oregon, last month. The tree he displayed was a Sierra juniper he collected in 2006. Here is the tree as presented at the Cup.
Sierra juniper by Ned Lycett aka Deadwood Bonsai
This month, Ned got to work on improvements aimed at bringing out the tree’s best feature – the deadwood on the trunk. He started by tilting the trunk forward and creating jins. The remaining branches were rearranged to improve the silhouette and directionality of the tree.
After adding jins and rearranging branches at a BIB workshop
The potting angle will be changed the next time the tree is repotted. Together, these changes do a great job of highlighting the trunk’s interesting deadwood.
Over time the branches will continue to mature, making them a good complement the well-aged deadwood. Great job Ned!
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Frank Corrigan says
Clear evidence of the inspiration and shared insights created by participation in events such as the Artisans Cup. A very effective and dramatic change. Thanks for sharing with the Bonsai community.
great tree, Ned has really worked to make this tree get better and better
I’m curious, did Ned work with Ryan Neil on the design modifications. It looks like Ryan’s style which has moved us from the heavy Japanese style to the more light and airy “American style.
Jonas Dupuich says
Ned prepped the tree for exhibit on his own and did the recent changes with Boon at a Bay Island Bonsai workshop.
Hi Jonas! It was great to meet you at The Artisans Cup!