I’ve been learning with field grown and nursery stock trees for a few years now and recently acquired my first yamadori in need of some design help. The previous owner explained that it is a Limber Pine collected by the BackCountry Boys. He apparently has had it in this Anderson Flat for 6-7 years and hasn’t worked on the tree. I plan to repot this upcoming year and allow the tree to gain some vigor before any serious styling. I figure this will allow me plenty of time to learn more about design and plan for the first styling. I’m hoping some of you may share some design thoughts and maybe suggest some helpful course content for me to review. I hope to share updates on this tree along the way.
(Current picture is less than ideal, I hope to capture some higher quality photos soon - currently limited to one photo upload, being a new poster)
My current thought is to repot this tree out of the Anderson Flat and into a ceramic container. Would there be value in repotting back into the Anderson Flat and hold on the ceramic vessel until I have completed a first styling?
I’ve browsed the Mirai ceramics and viewed the related course content. This container (Rustic Round No. 44 – Mirai Goods) sparked my interest given the analogous blue hues that come through the container’s cracks and given that the texture pairs well with the rough bark on the tree. The brown coloring of the clay also seemed to pair better with the bark on this tree as opposed to many of the other ‘reddish’ containers I was drawn to.
(ex: Refined Round No. 89 – Mirai Goods).
I’m unsure if a round container would be the best pairing for this tree given that it has a lot of masculine qualities currently. Maybe the initial styling is necessary prior to serious discussion of containers.