Before and after Itoigawa juniper (Juniperus chinesis 'itoigawa') by David Benavente. It helps to start with a magnificent tree. Still, this takes nothing away from the considerable skills of an artist like David Benavente. In fact, bringing a great tree back to shape and taking it to the next level is one of the things that defines a highly accomplished bonsai artist.
Sticking with our reoccurant Before & After theme, today’s Itoigawa juniper is one of several remarkable Before & Afters (Antes y Despues) that David Benavente posted several years ago. By the way, if you’re confused about the difference between Shimpaku, Kishu and Itoigawa, here’s something from Brian at Nebari Bonsai that should help.
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Like I said, it helps to start with a magnificent tree
One of changes that stands out, is the way the crown has been refined and lowered; exposing more of the remarkable 'flaming' deadwood above and also framing and drawing your eye to the powerful swirl of deadwood in the center of the tree.
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