This afternoon, getting tired of reading and working on the laptop, I decided to take a break. Instead of just taking a stroll in the garden as planned, I ended up with pruning and reshaping two honeycombs suckle trees and upon finishing them, mom asked me based on what styles that I am trying to achieve. What a good question; for I didn’t think of a shape before I started which is a cardinal sin when shaping the bonsai trees. After giving them some thoughts, I tweaked the trunks again to make a cascade (kengai) and the other one a literati (bunjin).
The bunjin tree:
|Before: An unshaped honeycombs suckes harvested from the backyard.|
|After: Double and triple wiring techniques used.|
The kengai tree:
|Before: A matured tree without a distinctive style.|
|The final shape after removing the excess growth and re bending of the trunk.|