Ben's Fake Bonsai
These trees are made with pipe cleaners and model railroad foam foliage, and a lot of paint. I'm working on a page with complete instructions. I used to grow and style real Bonsai, but they died. These won't die! I have a lot of nice pots that my wife collected, so I'll be filling them up with fake ones.
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This is in the "Moyogi", or "informal upright" style. I think "informal" is a really bad translation, because the rules for designing one of these are quite detailed.
This is a style reminiscent of a tree clinging to the side of a cliff. Since it would be hard to water a tree that way, they put them in pots tall enough to hold the tree up.
There are many different forms of "formal upright". What they have in common is a straight, vertical trunk. I like this version, which is reminiscent of a tall redwood.