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.



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




















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



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



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.



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.



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.



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



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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