TOPIC: Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression

Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26800

Auk wrote: Thanks for the drawings, but I do not think they are improvements.[/attachment]


No bother mate :) We all see things differently and have different tastes and aesthetic feeling. Best of luck on making it exactly as you wish it to turn out :)
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26802

Those pads look great! Hell of a progression
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26803

simplysaid wrote: Can the first branch be bent down enough that the dense foliage can creat more balance?
It's always tough to not see a tree in person. I'm still learning some basic branch structure so that's why I ask.


It is a good question and yes, that's the plan. The branch was wired down. I've removed the wires but the branch and new shoots will have to be wired again.
I've cut a lot of needles - I did not pull them. The remains will dry out and then can be rubbed off easily. By that time I'll re-wire.
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26827

Auk wrote:

simplysaid wrote: Can the first branch be bent down enough that the dense foliage can creat more balance?
It's always tough to not see a tree in person. I'm still learning some basic branch structure so that's why I ask.


It is a good question and yes, that's the plan. The branch was wired down. I've removed the wires but the branch and new shoots will have to be wired again.
I've cut a lot of needles - I did not pull them. The remains will dry out and then can be rubbed off easily. By that time I'll re-wire.


I watched a video of Bjorn Bjorholm, and he said that cutting pine needles is a more accepted technique in Japan than in the USA. I wonder why?
Where did you learn to do that and how has it worked for you?
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26905

simplysaid wrote: I watched a video of Bjorn Bjorholm, and he said that cutting pine needles is a more accepted technique in Japan than in the USA. I wonder why?
Where did you learn to do that and how has it worked for you?


I think in that video Bjorn was talking about making the pads look more compact and dense by cutting longer needles, i Also remember him saying that after cutting those needles are kept moist to avoid browning. Hope i'm talking about the right video :lol:
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 1 year 7 months ago #26911

What Drake writes is correct, but that's a completely different technique. As far as I know it is done rarely, and only for trees for exhibition that have (a few) needles that are too long.

Needle pulling/plucking is something different. You can pluck needles - pulling them out in the direction of the needle, or you can cut them close to the base.
I prefer the last method (though it's a lot of work, and I do pull needles too when I get tired of cutting).

I learned this by Googling for it, examining pages, and taking the tree to the club, where someone showed it to me.

Yes, it has worked. I have more foliage now, I think that's visible on the photos.
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 11 months 2 weeks ago #33663

I think someone asked for an update? Not sure if that concerned this pine or the other one. I'll update both :)

The last time I cut needles and I could have wired it - but I didn't. The tree is doing well, it looks very healthy. I got more buds - so more ramification - and the pads are starting to fill out better. It is out of shape and does need wiring - but not now, that'll be somewhere end of this year.

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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 11 months 2 weeks ago #33676

Very nice tree. How long have you been working with it?
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 11 months 2 weeks ago #33679

Travi51 wrote: Very nice tree. How long have you been working with it?


Thanks!
Well..this topic I created a year ago and it says "3 year progression", so that must be about 4 years :)
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Rebuilding a white pine 3 year progression 11 months 2 weeks ago #33688

Your tree is looking great. Nice job
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