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After the first frosts of Winter had caused the leaves to begin to drop in December 2011, I decided to defoliate the Privet so it could be pruned, wired and carved.

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One of the main reasons for carving the tree was to remove the large wounds left over from the removal of the multiple trunks 18 months earlier.

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Using a die-grinder and a Dremel I hollowed out the wounds and continued carving into the trunk itself to create a feature of what had previously been a very ugly area of the trunk.

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Detail of the carving at the back of the Privet bonsai; this image shows the back of the tree from the same angle as in the second image in this photo-series.

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Rather than have one side (the back) of the bonsai heavily-carved and leave the front untouched, I continued carving through the entire trunk and opened out the front into a shari.

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The trunk now entirely hollowed out.

Finally, the newly carved areas were painted with a thick coat of Instant Coffee to soften the harsh tones of the freshly carved wood.

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And finally; the newly carved and styled Privet bonsai, ready for a bonsai pot next Spring. Height 13"/32cm, trunk diameter 5"/12.5cm

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