Monday, June 22, 2009

Ugly little fat Ulmus with beautiful bark

So, what should one do with ugly cut ulmus that has fantastic - fantastic bark! This is a very fat little tree with some 15cm nebari. The flat cut is a problem. Almost certanly, this tree needs to be made even more ugly, destroyed...that will be the only way. Well, something has to be done. The branches on the right are important for a final picture, just too young to do anything with them now.

Branches on the right are too soft for wire, those branches will be left for wiring few months later. Whole tree will be left alone to rest. It growes very strongly and it will become bush in a very short period of time.

I have never imaggined that this old cut portions of a tree can be so hard. It's hard like a rock. And has not rotten for a milimeter in years??? I destroyed a very good and expensive carving tool drilling this little tree.


  1. Why dont you let him time to grow and strenghten his branches? i think the most problem is that designer has no time ... the nature will do the rest. some years in a corner of your garden and the tree will have had other options than now. Look at pall's work, he leaves the trees many years in a field ( i think so) and than after a long time , when the tree is fit to designe, he makes it ... but not as quick as you do ;-)

  2. I WILL let him grow now, and I won't touch this branches for a year. This was only a basic structure and removing unwanted growth.
    This tree was already cut a few times and was standing in my garden a few years. It was kind of a ugly duckling. I wanted to do something with it or just to throw it away.
    So i did. At least something :)