Shaundre Craukamp might solely be 19, however he already has a number of bonsai expertise, having joined his first membership on the age of 10. After that membership closed, he moved to EBS when he was 14. A 12 months later he received the EBS and regional new expertise competitions. Later that 12 months he went on to win the nationwide competitors, turning into the youngest South African to take action.
The timber used for these competitions have been nursery stock- Juniper Procumbens Nana, just a little smaller than the one he is seen engaged on in an earlier publish (he is the man in black). In contrast to the one in that publish, nevertheless, competitors timber have had no earlier styling.
The tree he labored on this time was a collected tree – Juniper Chinensis – belonging to Jonathan Cain, a member of Halfway.
Shaundre began by doing just a little carving on among the lifeless wooden on the backside. (There was far an excessive amount of to be finished in a single session.)
He selected to do the carving by hand.
Then he moved on to the apex.
As all the things up there was lengthy and straight, and rising away from the trunk, a number of bending was required – an excessive amount of to be finished without delay with out placing extreme pressure on the tree, however sufficient to point out the course during which the tree will likely be developed.
First he cut up the realm he needed to bend, then he utilized tape to forestall the department breaking when he bent it.
After wiring the department and including some man wires, he was in a position to pull it down within the course he needs it to develop. I imagine will probably be introduced nearer to the trunk when it is had time to heal.
This was already a giant enchancment, however the department arising from the bend regarded misplaced, so he eliminated it, leaving a stub which will likely be used as a jin.
He then bent one of many decrease branches as much as create a brand new apex.
He marked just a few areas that can want carving, together with the marked department, which is presently far too lengthy and thick.
After all of the small branches had been wired (with assist from Jonathan and his spouse Denise) and re-positioned the tree regarded like this.
Shaundre will likely be paying Halfway one other go to subsequent spring to do additional work on this tree.