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Long Jin? 1 week 6 days ago #52105

This is merely theoretically at the moment, but how long of a jin can you make?

I love jin, I think it is a gorgeous and beautiful way to accent a living tree, but what's to stop you from wiring a long thin branch to almost encircling the trunk of a tree, and then turning that entire branch into a jin?

For instance, I was watching Peter Chan doing his thing and saw this beautiful pre-bonsai, and he was talking about chopping off this long low branch. In my amateur vision, I wanted that to be a long tree framing wrap around jin. *Picture attached*

Again, theoretical, but tell me why it wouldn't work OR why my vision is wrong.

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Long Jin? 1 week 5 days ago #52127

Jins, sharis and uros should reflect what happens in nature.
If a lightning bolt strikes a pine or a juniper high in the mountains, the result can be a natural apex jin.
A young sucker, growing low on the trunk, defoliated, barked off and turned into an "elegant" jin is much more difficult to occur in nature.
But that's me being a purist.
It's your tree, you can do what you fancy in the end.
Unless you want to show it in Japan. It wouldn't work.
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Long Jin? 1 week 5 days ago #52128

i'm with Clicio on this one- if your purpose is to mimic nature in your bonsai... i don't see a natural cause for it to happen.
If you want to "art" the shit out of bonsai ( to paraphraze the martian) then be my guest but i won't like it.. and certainly not on a deciduous tree
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