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 bonsai that needed its wild growth wrangled back in and a good wiring to improve the overall shape and flow.

Chinese Elm Bonsai


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

Chinese Elm BonsaiCleaning a Chinese Elm Bonsai


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

Chinese Elm Bonsai


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

Seju Elm Bonsai


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.

Seju Elm Bonsai

Here it is after a light pruning.

Seju Elm Bonsai

Finally, this Bloodwood or Campeche Bonsai 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.

Campeche BonsaiCampeche Bonsai


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

Campeche Bonsai


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.

Campeche Bonsai Campeche Bonsai

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