It was decided to air layer the top of this old collected Hawthorn off (March 2005). It was air- layered using sphagnum moss and polythene. The air layer was separated later that year and should make a reasonable Shohin size tree.
The resulting tree was wired and trained into a semi-cascade/windswept style.
The new crown of the tree needed some major adjustment, helped with a metal rod. It will be repotted in Spring 2006 into a new pot, and the new front of the tree will be adjusted accordingly.
The tree has been repotted into a Chinese pot (for the short term) and recent vigorous new growth has been trimmed back
The Jins that were roughly made some years ago now needed a little more refinement to better match the character of the tree. Small detail tools were used at slow speed in a Dremmel power tool initially, and this was followed by the use of hand carving tools and a final brushing with a small wire brush in the Dremmel. The jins were treated with Lime Sulphur.