An interesting, though not complete, set of progression photos for this Pinus sylvestris, Scots pine.
This is the tree today, despite being quite a nice, relatively mature image now, it is an image that I am sure can be quickly made much better. Also this picture hardly does the tree justice, particularly the interesting trunk movement.
This was the tree as it was presented at a workshop, around about 2004 or 2005 I think.
The then owner, John H., had purchased the tree from us to do at a Marc Noelanders workshop here at the nursery. We had bought the pine from an enthusiast who had collected it himself in Scotland.
This is a better view of the material with Marc assessing its potential and discussing this with all the workshop participants who are out of shot. This initial part of Marc’s workshops, the analysing of each enthusiast’s tree, was a valuable and instructive part of all the many workshops that Marc conducted here over several years.
Preparation of the tree for the work to be done. Believe it or not even in this part of the world, a warm sunny day can lead to the studio being uncomfortably hot to work in. It must have been like that on this day as they have clearly moved outside to work !
Raffia and wire applied and some initial shaping begun.
Surprisingly soon after this workshop the tree was added to Len G.’s collection and it is he who has developed it to today’s level. I must check through to see if there are any photos in his extensive photographic record of the intervening period.