One of Peter Tea’s freshly worked-on Trident maples. You’ll have to use your imagination to get a feel for what this tree will look like when it fills out. But if your imagination fails you, it still looks pretty good, just as it is.
Borrowing from Peter…
Once again, we are borrowing from Peter Tea’s excellent bonsai blog. This time it’s a story of two Trident maples. We’ll just whet your appetite here; for a whole series of instructive photos and insightful text, you can visit Peter’s blog.
Cut paste versus the natural way
Here is the West some people are eschewing the use of cut paste on tree wounds. The theory is that fresh air and sunlight are the best healers. It’s a pretty good theory if you don’t care about scarring. However, if you want to control how scar tissue forms and how scars look after healing, then the use of cut paste is important. The same can be said for cutting and carving techniques. We won’t go into all the details here, but we will offer a glimpse (from Peter’s blog) into the use of carving and cut paste to heal wounds.
The other Trident maple after Peter applied his deft touches. You can see the before shots for this one and the one above on Peter’s blog.
Removing old scars. I particularly like what Peter is doing here. In his own words… “As I cleaned the bark, I noticed some old small scars. I’m not a big fan of scars on Trident Maples so I’m going to get these scars to heal up. Some Bonsai enthusiast out there likes to show off scars and dead wood on Tridents but I think these small scars are more distracting then interesting. What I did was taking a small carving too and re open the scars. By doing this, the tree will sense the open wound and want to heal itself. I did this to all the small scars I could find on the trunk… (continued below next photo).
“Next thing I did was cover the fresh wounds with cut paste. This step is important because the tree will heal much faster this way. Just think of a cut on your finger and using a band aid. Using a band aid always makes a cut heal faster. If I don’t use cut past, the wound will start to heal but may not close completely leaving me with what I had before. I expect these scars to heal by Summer.”
You can visit Peter Tea’s blog for the rest of the story.