Sold! That Compact Muscular Look

4 weeks ago Nebby 0

Source: Bonsaibark.

willfinalI really like this sturdy little jewell. Not only is a Larch, a favorite in this part of the world - with that aged bark that adds a genuine bonafide to any bonsai - but it also has that compact muscular look that I'm often attracted to. But not to just any compact muscular bonsai, rather one like this, that shows a certain skill in the art of styling and refining bonsai. The species is European larch (Larix decidua). The skilled artist is Will Baddeley. BTW, Will recently sold this little gem

Here’s what Will Baddeley wrote about this tree in answer to my inquiry… “Ok. I bought it as raw material from Pavel Slovak in the Czech Republic 6 years ago. First two years were spent reducing and strengthening the bottom branch to use as the apex. This was hollowed with a dremel and bent round to compact the tree. No styling at that time as I wanted it strong. This took a year to hold and the tree had almost healed over. It has had two wirings since…

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willrawBefore. The branch on the right was the one used to form the crown

 

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After the first styling. You can see where Will hollowed it out in order to bend it

 

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After a period of unimpeded growth to develop secondary and tertiary branching

 

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After the second major styling

 

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And finally... after some more time and more refining

 

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