Styling A Carpinus orientalis/ Oriental Hornbeam Bonsai

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hornbeam bonsai

Carving the main trunk of the Hornbeam

hornbeam bonsai

Taking a break for 5 minutes!

hornbeam bonsai

Luka, looking on at the progress of the styling on his tree

hornbeam bonsai

Another hour, and another stump had been reduced (top-right of the tree), and the foliage reduced further.

hornbeam bonsai

Carving down inside one of the trunks in order to hollow it out.

hornbeam bonsai

Video showing me working my way around the trunk-tops/stumps, removing a lot of wood with a powerful Metabo die-grinder.

Using a wire-brush to remove the wood-chips and dust from the hornbeam, this was carried out regularly so I could see where I was carving.

hornbeam bonsai

After 6 hours of carving and pruning, the rough shape of the Hornbeam, as a bonsai, was beginning to appear. The first styling session was complete and it was time to clean up for the day.

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