Cedar Elm winter cleanup and wiring. Once all the leaves are gone it's a great time to evaluate and shape the branches. Sometimes trees don't seem to change year to year, & this is why taking pictures is so important. Every time a bonsai is worked on, it should be improved. The art of bonsai is our editing combined with the accumulation, or accretion of the complexity: more ramified branches, more detail in deadwood, improved nebari, bark, etc. Sometimes the only way to see these changes is by taking pictures to show the progress. This old elm was collected many years ago from a stump which had been burned about 70% of the way around, which now gives it its unique look.
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