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no carve japanese maple

Postby kez » May 16th, 2018, 7:03 pm

hey folks,

so about 4 years ago i picked up this maple stump because it had a thick trunk, i think thats probably all that drew me to it. It also had some very heavy pruning scars from prior chops but in my infinite naivety I just assumed they would one day cease to be an issue.

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Over the last 4 years I think I have pruned it once or twice, and done some very basic root work, and I think i slight angle change.

This year I planned on doing a little bit more and maybe cutting it back as I had decided it would make a good sumo style smaller tree (even though Japanese maples arent typically styled this way) so today I thought I better at least get the weeds out of the grow pot,

To my delight, i noticed that there was a significant amount of rot in the old cut wounds, and after nothing more that poking it out with some heavy wire, here's the tree

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the other side of the top hole (uro), this will be carved further in time

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and what I think will be the front

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Anyway I thought it was pretty cool, and it's certainly turned a flaw into a feature in a more convincing way than I think i could have managed
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Re: no carve japanese maple

Postby Raging Bull » May 16th, 2018, 7:24 pm

:tu: I like it, it'll certainly make an unusual and interesting tree.
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Re: no carve japanese maple

Postby TimS » May 16th, 2018, 7:29 pm

Interesting tree! I'd be tempted to get the Dremel out and carve those to holes one above another into a large opening for a really dramatic look

*edit just read the title of this thread again* perhaps i was hasty on the carving haha
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Re: no carve japanese maple

Postby kcpoole » May 16th, 2018, 8:22 pm

NIce Kez :yes:
Lovely natural rot is good. Make sure it stops rotting further with a bit of earls wood hardener

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Re: no carve japanese maple

Postby loyskirineba » May 17th, 2018, 12:48 am

Nice Kez! Thick trunk with natural rot... definitely got a character in it already :tu2:
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