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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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    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…