HI everybody,

last week we had a spell of unusually warm and sunny weather over here, so I decided it was about time to do the first major styling I have planned for several of my trees for this year. The large Yamadori “Larch” in this story was ready for its second branch structure styling.

Check out: “THE STORY OF XL PART I” on my YOUTUBE channel!

I really took my time, working on this tree. Enjoying every minute of that relaxed and zone like feeling that comes over me when I’m guiding the branches of the tree as closely, as safely as possible, to their envisioned future shape. Overcoming or incorporating little problems, that I came across while working, without giving it any real thoughts. Sometimes things just fall together when I am working on an old tree like this one, when instinct takes over, with the sun in your face….MMMMMM! 🙂

Remember it is only the second structure styling, the top will fill out and thicken quickly in the next couple of years and there is about an Inch more trunk hidden behind the rime of that plastic container, as you can see in one of the pictures! In real life, the tree is taller and the base is wider and the whole tree is looking more balanced.

The first picture is taken when I just started to work.

In a few months, after all the Spring work is don, I will start working on the deadwood.

I hope you enjoy this little story,

Hans van Meer.

Info: karamottobonsai@hotmail.com











2 thoughts on “A “LARCH ” PROJECT PART 2.”

  1. Ciao Hans.

    I like the fine work on this larch !!!!!! 🙂

    why not cosidering to made the apex in the point where start the tenjin?

    Hi Mauro,

    I know exactly what you mean! I have thought about it a lot a few days later after I had finished the first styling! Why did I make this extra high top part instate of making a new apex closer to the original trunk line. Well after a hard thinking and some beer and a barbeque or 2 , I came to the conclusion that this extra top part I had created gives the tree more height and enhances the movement, with some nice empty spaces in between the extra branches in the top and trunk. Like you can often see on a old Larch high up in the mountains. And I do feel that it will look more elegant this way in the future. The new top part will thicken quit fast the next couple of years, because I will let two sacrifice branches grow freely in the top part. Mauro I have only listen to my feelings when I styled this one, I hope they were right? LOL.

    Thanks for your input my friend!




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