Bending ‘Thick’ or Brittle Bonsai Branches

Part Two Notching : Page 2 of 2




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Part Two Notching : Page 2 of 2

Notching Examples

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These images show the repositioning of a short and brittle Acer palmatum branch by notching at its base; the first image was taken in March 2006, the second in November 2006. The notch was made in late June at the base of the branch so that it was hidden from the front of the tree. A guy wire tourniquet was used to hold the branch into position.

Notching Branches

The healed notch can be seen from the left hand side of the tree.

Notching Branches

The thicker of the two trunks in the foreground of this Elm clump leans backwards too far and is growing at a poor angle compared to the other 4 trunks in the clump. The trunk is too thick to manipulate by coiled or guy wire alone so the notching technique is used to rearrange the angle that it grows from the base.

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The image on the left shows the trunk just after starting work on the notch; the image on the right shows the trunk after the notch has been completed and the trunk pulled into an upright position with the help of a thick copper guy wire. This work was carried out during the Summer of 2005; by the Spring of 2006 the guy wire was removed and the trunk remains in its new position to this day.

Notching Branches

In this final image, the size and depth of the notch in the base of the trunk can be seen.

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