(or, old man on a tall ladder with a chain saw = bad idea)
We have a large, ungainly Juniper tree in our front yard. I recently decided to shape it into a “Zen” artistic botanical masterpiece.
With a chainsaw and a few hand tools, I began chopping away. Here it is 2/3 of the way to completion.
The final product. At the top left was a large branch (blue circle) that I cut away to turn into a wood sculpture.
The branch is rough before debarking.
Once the bark is gone and the wood sanded, its real beauty emerges.
With more sanding and two coats of a clear stain, viola.
A local sheet metal shop provided a heavy, solid base. Who knew such beauty was hidden beneath this rugged exterior?
Hmmm, kind of like some people I know.
During this process, I started visiting Juniper Bonsai web pages. They showed how to use the tips of branches to start Bonsai trees. I am now growing my shoots and have wired them up to be little Bonsais. This will surely give me a reason to live for another 30 years!