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A Muscular Monster, Before and After


Picea A B&A

I found this Picea abies (Norway spruce, aka European spruce) before and after at Mandala Bonsai Ilona. Though it would be great to know just how large this tree is, nothing more than just the type tree and before and after is offered on the timeline

This magnificent, muscular monster (sorry!) is from Mandala Bonsai Ilona’s timeline. In this case, the before and after process mostly involves bringing an already well established bonsai back into shape. With one new design element added; the first branch is now a jin (the bark was stripped and the resulting dead branch is left on the tree as an intentional feature). Otherwise, it’s mostly trimming and wiring. With an expert eye and well developed technical skills, of course



Before. Hours of wiring and trimming lie ahead



After. Perfection!



I cropped the photo above for a closer look at just the tree. Speaking of the jin (mentioned above), carving, in addition to just stripping the bark, adds a natural feel



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