Styling A Carpinus orientalis/ Oriental Hornbeam Bonsai

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Two days later I started a second styling session on the Hornbeam. My main aim in this session was to begin to refine the deadwood that I had roughed-out 2 days earlier.

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Further h ollowing the stumps.........

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.........and smoothing the external surfaces

Video showing me carving the left-hand stump further. Before I started styling the tree, this particular trunk was very out of proportion with the others, being one of the shortest, but also one of the thickest. This meant that, as far as possible, I needed to reduce its diameter considerably, requiring a great deal of wood to be removed.

The second half of the video above shows the creation of two uro, to hide scars left by the previous removal of thick branches.

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Burning away some of the burrs and fibres inside a hollowed out trunk using a small gas torch.

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Luka's son playing with the growing mountain of sawdust during a break from carving!

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One final hour of carving before the end of the second styling session on the Hornbeam.

Note the relative ease with which the Metabo removes the hard-wood of the Hornbeam

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After a second session lasting 3-4 hours, I was finished for the day. Here, Luka uses a vacuum-cleaner to remove wood-chips and sawdust from the hollows created in the tree.

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