This massive yew was collected, single handedly, from woodland in 1998. Its HEAVY, the base measures 28″ from side to side but it’s only 34″ tall. All of the branches in this picture were removed.
By 2001 the growth had been phenomenal and work could begin.
Foliage thinned and tied up with raffia, let the carving begin…
A whole sack of saw dust was gathered up after this.
The trunk was completely hollowed to leave a thin shell standing. You could fit two Makitas in there!
Winter 2002 following wiring.
Autumn 2002. Growth over 2002 was rampant with adventitious shoots appearing everywhere. There is no wire on the lower half of the tree in this picture. The crown has been reworked to raise its height a little. A Bryan Albright pot is in the making, watch this space.
May 2003 removed from it’s growing box and on the way to the workshop.
A month later I can start to sleep easy. The Brian Albright pot is a little on the large side. Next year I shall change it for one a fraction narrower and somewhat shallower. Still plenty more work required but not a bad start.