Minimalist Hemlock Styling~

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

This mountain hemlock clump, Tsuga mertensiana, was featured in a styling post some years ago, and after a recent reworking felt ready for a revisit. Since the styling it’s been placed on a Corian slab, and moss has taken over. This one seems to slow down visitors. With some curiosity, I’ve watched some literally come to standstill in front of it, as if listening. I don’t know what that’s about, though it’s an interesting response. The tree is very large, about 6′ tall. I collected this tree with Bobby Curttright seemingly forever ago, though it was likely only about 6 years or so. I’m full of ponderables today—bonsai appears to both compact and expand time, depending on what part of it you’re connecting to. Today it’s the expanding part. The tree however is in the present (and the past at the same time, if you’re counting rings…) and is patiently sitting out the drizzly winter in Portland, Oregon, should you care to visit. We have umbrellas. Raw tree after several years growing in a box. The slope of the original soil mass was so steep we engineered the box to simply merge with the slope. First styling, in 2017. And the slab preparation. We used a Corian slab here, a common countertop material. Andrew in the back with the slab itself, Alan cutting out feet. Laura painting the bevel. The roots out of the box. Preparing the root mass for the slab. Using a muck wall to complete the design,…

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