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First Steps introducing No Bai De ~ Acer Palmatums   6 comments


I have had to add a fourth employee at the Bunker to keep up with all the material flowing in. Justin Case and Curt and Rod just can’t seem to curb the practical jokes so I had to lay down the law and bring in someone to keep the guys working.

No Bai De comes  from Indonesia and getting him into the USA was a piece of cake. With the relaxed amnesty all he needed was a box cutter and a North Korean passport, small layover in Singapore on Asia Airlines, they are waaay cheap to fly right now, and he was here. I tried the straw matt and a bowl of rice a day but he was way smarter than that. He damanded two bowls of rice…… which I said yes.

For No Bai De’s first project I had him work over five large maples I brought in. These have lots of branches and long ungainly shoots that have grown large and need to be worked over to be on the road as bonsai. I consider this part of the process of “first steps” and this should be what everyone shoots for when either purchasing material or working the material over when they get home. I had No Bai De work and guide Justin Case and Curt and Rod thru the process and see how they would all work together with No Bai De  in charge.

I gave them my camera and had No Bai De take progression shots of the work. This is what they came up with in one day.After returning from Ed Clarks place I back into the complex and open the truck. It is full of brush and some trunks. Making something from this will take all day.


The boys get the four maples into the back of the bunker and look them over. They are pretty large and Justin comments that these “look no different than most of the other crap I bring back to the Bunker”.  Rod comments that he needs a break and has to roll his free spins on Candy Crush cause he lost them yesterday. Good thing they work cheap. All of these maples were given a preliminary cut back by about 50 percent just to get them on the table and turn table for photo’s. The trees averaged about 5 feet tall and all the bases are 3.5 inches or greater.


The trees will be shown with a few shots before No Bai De and the boys worked them over and then after.

Victim No 1

With the exception on one of these all the material is in a clump form which is something I like in maples. I think they should be graceful and No Bai De agrees with this as he has seen alot of maples in Japan.





Now  the tree has been taken back to secondaries in an effort to build taper in the new branches that grow from these heavier stubs.



Victim No 2





After the cut back. Lots of the small stuff has been left just to insure sap movement.








Victim No 3DSC_00690011





Some of the stubs are left long intentionally just to make sure sap is drawn out to the end of the branch. After bud break lots of the stubs on all these trees will be cut back. For now this is safe.





Victim No 4

This bad boy was chosen just because he had the good start to a traditional moyogi style maple that everyone is tired of.





The tree finished out at 3.5 inches at the ground and twelve inches tall as it is.




Here are some inspirational photo’s of clump style maples in this graceful shape. I should be so lucky if these goof balls can achieve this.

c5Walter Pall

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