This Juniperus chinensis was designed at the P.E. convention in Nov 2017. I had been asked to do a demo and wanted to do something larger than normal.
We had prepped all the wiring and styled a certain part of the tree already to make sure that I would finish on time. The demo went as well as I could expect but I was completely unsatisfied with the result. I appreciated Juan Llaga helping out in places and Tobie Kleynhans’s assistance as well. It was a learning curve for me.
The big problem is I had created clouds instead of using the foliage correctly to produce a silhouette. The pressure of creating a tree in front of people and trying to do your very best is difficult to say the least. However I always look at the process as things that need to happen to open up your mind to new possibilities in that tree. As soon as I brought the tree home I was sure I was not happy and started looking at alternatives to the design.
After several months of inspecting the tree and working ideas over in my mind I decided to tackle the problem in April. I had practiced on other chinensis a completely different styling technique that I had picked up from Tobie when we worked together on the pencil Juniper forest of his together. It just works so well but needs a lot of planning where to fill in with branches.