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Juniper for thoughts

Postby squizzy » February 9th, 2017, 9:29 pm

I have been working on this juniper for a few years now. It has had more direction changes then you could imagine. I had discussed it with others at the school of bonsai and a few options where put forward. I happened to reluctantly like one option in particular. I say reluctantly as every time I think I'm decided on a direction with the tree someone challenges my design and I am left with the dilemma of indecision.

Let me know what you see please.

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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby Jag001 » February 9th, 2017, 9:56 pm

I would like to see a few different views of this one.

I find the current view a little cluttered.
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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby no idea » February 10th, 2017, 12:49 am

as your asking I'll throw my :2c: in :palm: I'd want to show that lovely jin off...apex down to cascade, right branch new apex behind and beside verticle jin but not higher than horizontal top,lower right branch lifted higher and angled to mirror trunk....whatever you do...you have a fantastic looking tree.... :tu:


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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby Jarad » February 10th, 2017, 7:53 am

That long straight jin doesn't fit in with the dynamics of the rest of the tree, so I would shorten/remove it.

The bottom section of trunk doesn't really flow with the rest of the tree either, so getting some more movement down low or strategic shari to give the impression of movement.

More photos would give us a better idea of what's going on around the tree.
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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby benbonsai » February 10th, 2017, 8:18 am

I quite like the tree, it needs a bit of refining but I like it.
I think the Jin would look good if it was carved and made a bit thinner.
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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby Matt S » February 10th, 2017, 8:51 am

Hi Squizzy,

I agree with Jarad, that straight jin doesn't work with the rest of the tree. My thoughts regarding the current design - this is an energetic tree but the first thing I notice is that the 2 main primary branches (first left and first right) are equal lengths, tending to give a balanced, restful feel which I think is counter to the tree as a whole. I'd prefer to see one of them reduced to give a more asymmetrical shape. You could make either work depending on your preference:

Longer branch on the left shows a tree leaning into the light (in which case you should move the apex in the same direction), Longer branch on the right shows a tree that has been pushed over and is now growing back into itself.

I know the feeling of constantly finding new options with a tree like this with so many opinions. Once you've found something you like be prepared to constantly hear new suggestions but be satisfied with your own choices! Good luck, it's a nice tree.

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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby squizzy » February 12th, 2017, 12:15 pm

It's always interesting what others see in a tree. I think all ideas have merit. I want to sketch a few of the thoughts to discuss more which I hope to do as soon as I can. I can see the issue with the current Jin. Others have suggested more deadwood which I am beginning to like the sound of.

Thanks for those that have given feed back.

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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby adge0001 » March 4th, 2017, 9:13 pm

Love those twisted junipers. Good job. This will look great when the foliage fills out.


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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby squizzy » November 14th, 2017, 10:04 pm

This one has changed a bit and I had a chance to work on it tonight so thought I would update.

The first photo shows it filled out somewhat and the second shows a drastic change of style and front of the tree. I have looked at the tree quite a bit over the past few months and I think I have made the right decision????????

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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby squizzy » November 14th, 2017, 10:08 pm

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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby Ryceman3 » November 15th, 2017, 6:23 am

Hi Squizzy,
I think your new front creates a much more unique and interesting bonsai than the original. Maybe the jins need a little work, but that is just looking from one photo. I much prefer the new angle. Good move! :yes:
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Re: Juniper for thoughts

Postby squizzy » November 15th, 2017, 7:41 am

Thanks ryceman

I'm used to it now. Hi backwards to go forward hey.

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