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2. Instant tree shaping (Arborsculpture)

            Instant  tree  shaping  starts  with
            trees  6–8  ft.  (2–2.5  m) to  12  ft

            (3.6  m)  high  with  3-4in  (7.6-10
            cm)  diameter  which  are  bent
            into  the  desired  design  and

            held  until  cast.  This  is  still  an
            experimental           process         with
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            unpredictable results. Mature fast

            growing  trees  are  the  preferred
            learning  tool.  Richard  Reames
            created  this  process  and  is  the

            main advocate for Arborsculpture.
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            He has published two books de-                 Arborsculpture bench by Richard Reames created using the
            tailing  his  method  of  bending  techniques as described in his books “How to grow a
            trees.  “How  to  grow  a  chair”              chair” and  “Arborsculpture” or his website

            and  “Arborsculpture” The work of    
            planting,  bending  and  securing  trees  with  this  process,  might  be

            accomplished in an hour or perhaps in an afternoon depending on the design.

            Below are some methods unique to Arborsculpture.

            Bending is the technique of using mature tree whips (Unbranched, thin and

            as long as possible are preferred) and pleaching them together to achieve a
            design. If a tree is bend at too sharp an angle the tree breaks. This can be
            mostly avoided by un-localizing the bend. This is achieved by making small

            bends along the curve of the tree. These trees thus shaped are then held in
            place for several years until the form is permanently cast. The trees growth

            rate determines the time necessary to overcome its resistance to the initial

            Creasing  is folding trees such as willow and poplar over upon themselves,
            which is a more radical technique then bending.

            Ring barking is used to slow down the dominant branch allowing thinner
            branches to catch up to help balance the design. There are five different
            methods of ring barking for slowing the growth of a dominant branch in an

            Arborsculpture  design,  from  simple  scoring  to  complete  removal  of  3/8in
            (1cm) wide band of bark.

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