Then he built up the base of the tree using wood putty and a block of wood so that the root structure was realistic. The bonsai folks call this nebari.
Next he drilled about 50 holes in the branches to accept springs of Supertree. The Supertrees is a trade name for a natural weed from the Arctic area of Lapland. Scenic Express imports and markets them as "Supertrees."
The tree is secured to the block of wood. When it comes time to install it, the whole block will have to be integrated into the scenery as the tree is too delicate to remove from the block of wood. I 'll have to cut the foam scenery to accept the block. So it's not a big deal.
|Rob and his creation at Stoneman's Station|
Since it is such a big tree, I plan to place it near Stonemans station where the scenery is deep.
While he was working on the tree, I made some smaller understory trees for the Clairborne Creek Scene and finished the two latest boxcars.
|Finished Product - The Immortal Bonsai at Stoneman's Station|