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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 1 month 1 day ago #46590

Some of you may remember this little juniper I was going to reduce the deadwood a month ago.
The thread is HERE .
So after Auk and LB suggestions, I decided to bend it.
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1- The tree and the first plan:

2- I did cut and carved it anyway:

3- Made a sketch to bend and turn the deadwood:

4- First I tried with manual tools:


5- After measuring the deadwood, I realised it was much too small:


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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 1 month 1 day ago #46591

6- Time for grownup tools!


7- Made the template turn around itself:

8- Wrapped the deadwood in moist paper towel and aluminium paper, for a whole week to moisten the wood.

9- TOOLS to BEND:



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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 1 month 1 day ago #46592

10- PROGRESSION:
- Tree before the torture:


- Wrapped for protection:


- Additional protection and wet paper towel (to make water vapor to soften the wood). On top of the paper I layered two turns of aluminium paper (no picture, sorry):


- Blow torched it for 20 minutes, the aluminium paper got red hot, smoke was escaping from a hole I had previously opened at the tip, avoided touching the wrapped green part of the plant.

- AFTER taking off the wrappings, wearing gloves and ready for testing, I found the wood was VERY flexible! So I managed to put the deadwood inside the grooves (in the template) and started to fix it in place with the little (n#2) C-clamps. In the most radical turns, I had to adjust directly with the blow torch on the deadwood, but I will use lime sulfur afterwards, so no worries about the color.
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And now... The waiting game. I will wait a few days to let the wood set and dry, and I will show the resultas afterwards. I hope it doesn't go back to the original boring shape.


The deadwood turned around the other side of the template, so I think I will get a little twist on the tip, let's wait and see.
Any comments and questions are welcome.

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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 1 month 1 day ago #46597

Nice progression!

When I do hot-bending, I find the wood sets as soon as it cools down. So once it is cool to the touch, the shape does not change much anymore.
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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 4 weeks 1 day ago #46634

Well, the results and conclusions:
1-) I should have done more radical bends on the template, as the deadwood "goes back" before setting.
2-) One half turn around the template is as good as none, should have done a whole 360 degrees turn.
3-) I didn't apply lime sulfur yet. Will do next weekend.
4-) I quite like it the way it is now, better than before, what do you think?

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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 3 weeks 6 days ago #46685

looks great, thanks for sharing
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Long post - Juniper deadwood jin/shari bending by heat. 3 weeks 6 days ago #46692

much better looking now.
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