Before and after six year later. It's a European yew (Taxus baccata 'Summer Gold') that was dug in 2011 and completed (not that a bonsai is ever completed) in 2017.
Sometimes before and afters only show just that… the before and after photos. This time we got lucky with a series of photos (from Josef Burschi’s timeline) that make it a lot easier to understand how the process evolved.
Josef Burschi lives in Kisújbánya, Baranya, Hungary. This is his first appearance on Bonsai Bark
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Before, before. It has already been cut down, but you might imagine that it was at least twice this height. You can see three useful digging tools; a spade, loppers and what looks like it might be an adze.
Before, now in it's training pot. Just a slightly tapered trunk with a future apex, a few very young branches and a nebari that has some possibilities but needs plenty of work. It has been pruned and the future apex and main branches have already been wired.
Coming along. The top has been cut down considerably, the taper is getting better, the carving has started and the nebari is shaping up
After more carving. The branches are coming along nicely, showing how advantageous it was to wire them when they were tiny. Taper continues to be developed, and the same goes for the nebari
Almost there. Time for a final trimming, wiring and other finishing touches
In all its splendor! Reminds me of the magnificent Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) that grow in California's Sierra Nevadas. My only question is; would you see a tree like this in nature with such a lush and perfectly rounded apex?