to any work.
In May of
2005 we had the great pleasure of visiting the fascinating nation
of New Zealand. It is an astonishingly beautiful country with
clean water, air, mountains, oceans, and incredibly warm and
friendly people. We were fortunate to spend time with our friends
Pam and Adrian Blok of Auckland. They were extremely kind and
gracious hosts and even took us on a tour to see some huge Ficus
in the landscape of Auckland! Even though Auckland gets some
freezing weather and damp cold, a few species of Ficus can reach
huge size when planted in the ground. They pointed out massive
Ficus macrophylla and Ficus rubiginosa very happily growing in
the parks of Auckland.
was spent refining a redwood of the Blok's. The tree is the bottom
of a much larger tree that was topped, and has a huge base and
an upright growth pattern. The tree recovered strongly from its
initial reduction and sprouted loads of new foliage from many
points on the trunk.
the tree, we were all of the opinion that the most logical design
for this tree would be a hollow trunk design. Without further
ado, the foliage was trimmed back, and the apex of the trunk
was marked with chalk to indicate its new shape. Following the
chalk lines, Adrian proceeded to use a saw to rough out the shape
of the trunk's new top. The remaining branches were analyzed
and possible future branches were retained.
trimmed back to expose trunk and rootage.
Chalk is used
to outline the proposed hollow area and new apex of the trunk.
Adrian using saw
to shape the apex of the trunk.
The happy group
and the newly shaped Redwood.
visit the Blok's used various power tools to further carve the
tree's hollow trunk.
The hollow carved
by the Bloks.
Detail of the
of the tree will depend on how it responds to this process. The
cavity of the tree may be deepened to amplify the hollow trunk
concept. The hollow will be treated with lime sulfur to preserve
the deadwood. Branches will be selected and retained to augment
the design. A virtual design is shown below as one possible future
of this splendid tree.
of the tree.