Carving a Seju Elm and a Bloodwood Campeche

Recently I had some fun projects to work on. The first tree up is fairly mature Chinese Elm that needed its wild growth wrangled back in and a good wiring to improve the overall shape and flow.

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To make wiring much easier the tree is defoliated by stripping all the leaves off.

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After a complete wiring the branches are carefully arranged to space them out and produce a more compact tree.

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Next is a Seju Elm which is a variety of Elm that exhibits very small leaves and rough corky bark with age.

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On the backside we find a scar where a large sacrifice branch was removed to build taper. I choose to carve this scar and clear out what had died off.

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Here it is after a light pruning.

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Finished carving, I don’t try to get too intricate the first time a tree is carved back to hard wood. It needs to age and mature for a year or so and then it can be reworked.

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Finally, this Bloodwood or Campeche was shortened and carved. These pictures show the tree already in progress of carving. The main trunk was just a log with some very minor carving to begin with. I added the hollow to give this tree character and the appearance of age.

You can see from the pictures it’s clear why it has the name Bloodwood.

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Here is the tree after carving and reducing the overall height which really helped this tree’s design.

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Here the tree is after more detail has been added. More detail and can be added later once the wood has had a while to mature.

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Hope you enjoyed,

Andy