The back of the tree
An old trunk chop in the middle of the tree
An old root chop That will make for some interesting carving in the future
A large straight branch was removed first but all the rest except the leader will go too.
The first cut.
Side view to show how the top was bent towards the front.
The back of the tree.
As is common with most collected Elms, they lack finer roots. This one is typical in having only a few and they are massive old sucker type roots. I decided as well as removing the bark to let the wood harden in preparation for carving, I would also layer the tree to produce better roots. All the work was done with a Makita and then the top edge of the layer was finished sharply with a Knife.
The carved areas on the trunk will be widened in the future as the tree callouses. This will hepl to add a natural die back appearance.
The back again. The bark and cambium are 15mm thick.
I am looking forward to carving this root on the back
I expect the roots will grow quickly and perhaps a couple of months. All new buds will be allowed to extend fully for a couple of seasons
The cut around the base of the tree was packed with Sphagnum Moss
A wall was created with three strips of pot mesh. They were wired together and the mesh was adjusted to make it flush with the soil.
The mesh was then packed with more Sphagnum Moss and then top dressed with Acadama. This will stop the birds from stealing the Moss for their nests. All the bark removal was sealed with wound paste. The tree will now be fed well and turned regularly for a nice even root spread.
Carving will start in a Month, when the wood is hard.
Extensive shoots but no roots as yet. Because of this I thought it wise to get some primary branch placement in place.
The branches were leaf pruned to see the structure, then cut back and wired.
All the wires removed and ready for a prune for good budding. Unfortunately the layer hasn't issued roots as yet so it has been redressed and hopefully this year it will root