Deadwood Details

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | No Comments
Deadwood Details

In the mountains, the details in juniper and other deadwood that you find on trees can be really incredible. It’s a good place to take some inspiration for how to treat the deadwood on a bonsai. These examples were all taken near Sonora pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Yosemite National Park. Perhaps the lesson in all this is that a sand blaster is needed to really make great deadwood.

The sandblasting effect of ice crystals during winter may have created this effect.   Touching the wood is like running your hand over a cheese grater.   There are semi-sharp points on the ridging and smooth bits of wood in between.

The sandblasting effect of ice crystals during winter may have created this effect. Touching the wood is like running your hand over a cheese grater. There are semi-sharp points on the ridging and smooth bits of wood in between.

Cracking both along the grain and across the grain.   This type of weathering seem to be much more typical in collected trees than in cultivated ones.    Is it the result of freeze-thawing?

Cracking both along the grain and across the grain. This type of weathering seem to be much more typical in collected trees than in cultivated ones. Is it the result of freeze-thawing?

A knot from a branch exposed.   Breaking off a large branch and then working on the short stub to create this effect could really improve a bonsai.

A knot from a branch exposed. Breaking off a large branch and then working on the short stub to create this effect could really improve a bonsai.

The swirling movement is the most interesting part, but the texture is amazing as well.

The swirling movement is the most interesting part, but the texture is amazing as well.

A section that is mostly smooth with just a few small ridges

A section that is mostly smooth with just a few small ridges