Redesigning a Scots Pine to Shohin

The Scots pine below was always going to have issues if left as an informal upright, so I let it go for a couple of years, knowing I’d turn it into a shohin at some stage in the future. Below is a quick progression of it’s redesign from a ‘tallie’ to a ‘shawty’…


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Pinus Sylvestris before work, height 64cm

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After removing everything above the first branch… Kept the deadwood/jin above first branch as it would come in handy for anchoring guy wires, but it’ll be removed in future. 

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Looking up into the structure of the first branch, there’s more than enough ramification to create the bones of a nice little shohin. 

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After shaping. 23cm high. Now to make a nice pot for it…