Creating old grain on very young unbalanced deadwood

Since it’s been 2 years since my last post, I figured it’s about time to get back into the act of sharing the work I’ve been doing with you guys via the blog.  No, I am not dead.  So I will go into 2016 with a head start by writing about some fun and challenging carving I recently did on a very raw Rocky Mountain Juniper.  Although I didn’t do a very good job documenting the process with photos, I hope you will get an idea of how and why the work I did was carried out.  A combination of heavy duty Dremel bits and various hand carving tools were utilized, I will do my best to explain with the series of before and after photos to follow-

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There were many long straight branches that were either eliminated in the past by someone or something… It is possible that borers had their way, I found signs of them when I stripped the old bark.

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Here is the opposite side, at this point the front of the tree will remain undecided until the deadwood is finished and we are ready to style.

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A closeup to show some detail.

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A dilution of lime sulfur and water was applied to bleach the newly carved wood.

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View from above.

 

 

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