Judge #1: Very challenging material, outcome possibly just a bit too much engineered, negative space could be defined better.
Judge #2: Good work.
Yew (Taxus baccata)
60cm (23.6") / 54cm (21.2")
I bought this tree five years ago from a local grower in Barcelona.
It was growing in a field to create a good garden subject. After repotting the tree was cut back to lower its size. In that state I bought a group of trees together with this one.
That is not the conventional way to form bonsai material from nursery stock, but sometimes is very difficult to find yews with thick trunks, so I bought these ones as a long time investment.
The tree still have the original mesh pot inside the roots. This it will be removed step by step. It has a good nebari size, and the tapering is not bad. The first curve give enough movement to make it interesting.
The biggest design problem will be the stump at the top. I think that I’ll have enough fine branches to create a nice siluette
It shows the possible front. In my previous analysis I decide to create the tree with this front, but until I will start with it, I can’t be sure.
This is the side (right from the photo 1)
The back. The trunk looks too clean from here. Maybe I’ll need to carve a little
Close-up of the nebari. Here the mesh pot can be seen. Some roots will be removed to discover the best nebari
The stump from the top. Depends on the final height, this will be carved as a Jin if is bigger that the crown, or a Shari if is lower.
Close-up of the back. Nothing interesting here, just shows the first curve, and the tapering
One Quarter Progression
Half Way Progression
Three Quarter Progression
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Final Outcome: 5
Very challenging material, outcome possibly just a bit too much engineered, negative space could be defined better.
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Final Outcome: 8
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Final Outcome: 7