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Building of Steel Stand for Juniper

Although this little Juniper has already made a cameo or two on the weblog, this publish is a photograph essay of the development and considering behind its new steel assist.

Benefit from the pictures!

A number of of our parts for this challenge: A Rocky-mountain Juniper (collected courtesy Backcountry Bonsai), grafted about 10 years in the past with Itoigawa shimpaku; the unique nylon slab (decrease proper); the brand new 3D-printed slab (decrease left); and a part of the steel construction the place the tree will probably be connected.

This was superb. Collaborator Kevin Bennett made our 3D-printed slab, which is plastic. What was so cool was he discovered printing materials that had high-quality iron mud in it. Which meant we might patina it and have it mix in with the patinated steel assist. That’s the marvelous earthy-toned factor we’re right here, rusted plastic. Erich, my different collaborator, is making wiring holes.

Siting the juniper on the 3D-printed slab. The basis mass wanted discount to suit on this smaller slab.

That is the place the slab will connect with bolts.

Attachment of the brand new 3D-printed slab to steel construction.

Right here’s the steel slinky-like assist, about 3’ lengthy.


Right here is one tangle we tussled over. That is an earlier shot of the assist. The bouncing slinky appeared easier if—as a visible story—it bounced onto the desk after which rebounded into one other arc. One bounce in, as soon as bounce out. However right here we thought we would have liked the structural assist of the third steel strip within the center, nevertheless it seemed busy. And Erich mentioned he’d attempt to take it out. Just like the wizard he’s, he succeeded. Briefly, the primary strive was overly complicated, and to make a clearer visible story we simplified it by taking one steel strip out.

And right here’s the Juniper on the slinky stand. The considering behind this one is time. How a tree modifications, with the slinky-like bounces of the steel assist (hopefully) giving a way of passage of time, setbacks, advances—the standard life stuff. Like a number of visible artwork there’s no expectation somebody would “get” that it, however the thought serves as a scaffolding on which to create. Content material could be mysterious, even when profitable. Which is why we preserve artwork, I believe. There’s usually an unanswered query there. 

This Juniper will probably be on show on the Pacific Bonsai Museum by way of September 2023.

For the primary publish on this Juniper about styling and placement on the nylon slab, strive A Juniper Orchid



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