This tree started life as a weed. I.E. a self seeded shrub at the bottom of an escallonia hedge. It had two large trunks which were cut right back before digging out. What was left was potted in a container and left for many years. I started to train it about 7 years ago and had a go at carving the stumps about 5 years ago. I have futtered with it on and off since then.
I returned to it mid summer this year and was disappointed to find that the exposed timber was very soft and was rotting at soil level. I treated it with a dose of Ronseal wood hardener and when I had a look at it today I found that the surface of the timber is still a little spongy. I have no idea what is happening under the soil.
This is she viewed from what I have more or less treated as the front. The pot is a bespoke design commissioned from Bangor Diaries some years ago. They are very rare and much sought after. Although the tree sits well in this pot I am considering replacing it with a suitable alternative in the Spring if I can find one. Has anyone seen Peter Snart about the place?
Detail of the deadwood
There is an interesting long root/secodary trunk riding down the back of the tree
View of the back of the tree
I have given the deadwood another heavy coat of wood hardener. Still wet in this pic.
In order to reduce the shine I rubbed the coated area with a stiff brush and also with my finger when the resin was still a little tacky. It does work. When it is completely dry a little coarse plastering sand can be brushed over the surface. This can get into all the little nooks and crannies which are not accessible with sand paper and it will dull the surface further to an acceptable standard.
Although this is a fairly large leafed shrub I think the thick trunk and deadwood area tend to make it quite acceptable as a bonsai. Others of course may disagree.