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    Sharimiki “Deadwood” wire tree sculptures

    I have made many sculptures that contain elements of Deadwood. I typically represent this with a thicker gauge aluminium wire or with drift wood. In nature sharimiki (the traditional term for Deadwood) occurs when portions of a natural tree are stressed. This stressor could be grazing from: wild animals that strip the bark; extreme frost/snow or exposure to the elements or a lightening strike to the tree. If the Deadwood is on the trunk it is called “Shari” and if it is on a branch it is called “Jin”. If you search on the homepage for these terms you can see some wire tree sculptures containing these beautiful Deadwood elements.…

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    The Pandora Collection

    Occasionally I feel inspired to create a collection of complementary wire tree sculptures. After watching ‘The Avatar’ I really wanted to create pieces where trees were growing on floating rocks. This collection would have to have at least one cascade style tree – as this is what naturally occurs on rockey terrain and cliff faces; the collection would definitely be missing something without it. I also wanted to push my creative boundaries by encorporating other bonsai styles into the rocky bases. For the stone itself I wanted to choose a rock that would have an ethereal feel, as though they could be floating yet still look realistic – well as…

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    Cascade Trees

    Cascade trees are a style of wire tree sculpture that I really enjoy creating. They are elegant and flow so beautifully, really displaying a natural grace and calming presence. The traditional name for the cascade style is ‘kengai’ and they can be a semi-casde or full cascade. A semi-cascade bonsai tree typically has branches growing at a 45 degree angle away or curving around the base. The foliage usually only reached the top of the pot and should appear balanced and support its own weight. These trees depict a scenario where the tree is growing on a steep vertical slope,such as a cliff face, or near a river and the…

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    Copper, aqua and bronze commission

    I recently undertook a new commission piece for a friend who lives locally. This was a nice project to work on as the bonsai tree style and colour combination of the wire were completey picked by the recipient. They chose a colour combination I wouldnt have thought to use myself and it allowed me to create a piece outside of my usual colour pallette. This lovely little wire tree sculpture was made in the upright informal style; the trunk has beautifully balanced bends in it. It makes for a rounded and visually stunning final design. The colours that were settled on consist of aqua, copper and bronze. I always offer…

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    Fairy Tree

    One of my more recent non-commision pieces is this playful piece. It is made up of four complementary colour choices consisting of: green; violet; champagne and blue. The colours are very subtle for a multicolour tree and take on an almost pastel, sherberty effect. My muse for this was to make a fairy or magical forest inspired tree. This is a very unique piece, I haven’t done others with this lovely colour combination to date and it would make a truly unique wire tree sculpture for a collector or as a thoughtful gift. The tree comes based up in a blue glazed clay bonsai pot complete with faux-moss and tufts…

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    Instagram 1K Giveaway

    I am so happy to have reached 1000 followers on Instagram! To say thank you and show my appreciation I’m celebrating with a giveaway! To win the lovely little autumnal tree featured in this post you need to: •Follow @metal_bonsai•Like the competition post•Tag a friend in the competition post comments I will cover worldwide shipping, there will be zero cost to the winner. This lovely little autumnal wire tree sculpture comes fully based up ready for its forever home. A piece like this would usually be listed for around the £100 mark. Just to note – this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with,…

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    Rainbow tree

    This is a tree I made just after the birth of my son – that was almost a year ago now, the mind boggles! 🌈 I wanted to do a piece for the LGBTQ+ community and decided on a rainbow tree 🌈 I made it as bright as I could! What do you think of the final piece? It took a long time to make and I was unsure of the colour combination and how the rainbow transitions up the tree; but it turned out quite balanced in my opinion. This tree was snapped up pretty quickly so it is no longer in stock. I do take commission requests though.

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    Autumnal Tree in gorgeous green glazed pot

    This tree has been crafted with the inspiration if autumn behind it. I have selected firery colours as you would see when the leaves start to change colour in preparation for winter. This little tree is not for sale. I have something special in mind for it. Head over to my Instagram page and follow me to see what’s in store for it.

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    Large Oval Koi Pot Pond

    I went through a creative period where I really enjoyed making pot ponds. These are miniature dioramas of a pond, complete with: substrate, terrain, wildlife and vegetation. My vision was to make a realistic, scaled version of a pond. My wife has small pot pond that she keeps by the front door and cherishes. The pond featured in this post was created for a valued customer who has become a friend. He commissioned this piece with an initial focus on the pot. He wanted an impressive pot; which I sourced especially for this sculpture. The scene was then inspired by the pot. Focal pieces of this pot pond are a…