Shimpaku Bonsai Before & After

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This Shimpaku juniper before and after with it's striking deadwood, single living vein and masterfully redesigned crown (not to mention the perfectly chosen pot), stands out as an impressive work of bonsai art. The artist is Naoki Maeoka.

At first glance you might call this a ‘maintenance’ before & after, where an already established bonsai is simply brought back to it’s original beauty with some trimming, wiring and cleaning up. But as soon as you take a closer look, it’s obvious that there’s more going on than just that.
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Perhaps the most significant change is the  planting angle and what that change does to the tree’s balance and movement, as well as to the base of the trunk. And of course, there’s the well chosen new pot that works to a tee.

Not to dismiss the trimming and wiring either, the redone crown and the way it flows and plays with the deadwood, add up to a masterful job.

 

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After. Close up of the deadwood and base of the trunk

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