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COMPLETEING THE TREES for TIMBERLY

 

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Sorting Plumose


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Foliage for twenty-five to fifty trees can be made from this mass. The Plumose is unwrapped and the individual stems are pulled apart

 

Select a branch


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A single stem like this can make several trees. Look closely at the center and you will see the branch we will use to yield several components for a tree.

 

Subdividing a stem.


Here is the branch we cut from the stem.

 

Cutting a branch apart.


The branch is cut into three sections. The tip will be used later as a smaller branch near the top of a tree, The middle section will be used as the crown of a tree, and the last section will be used as a lower branch on a large tree.

 

    

First trim


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A few more cuts yields more branches. Look carefully and you will see that the central stem as been stripped to remove a few tiny leaves at one end. This is the end that will be poked through the trunk.

 

Done trimming


Save everything for now when you are done trimming. Even the smallest scraps can be used in the crown and the -leaves- that shake loose can be used on the forest floor.

 

The Crown


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We can now begin to assemble the tree. A fan-shaped sprig of foliage is glued to the tapered tip of the trunk. Note that it must be glued high enough to extend beyond and hide the tip of the trunk yet extend low enough so that you can create a hole in the trunk for the topmost branch without breaking the trunk. You might want to drill the first few holes.

 

 Tree branch insertion tools of all sizes.


Anything goes for making a hole through the trunk just large enough to poke a branch through. You can use a drill but that can be a bit slow and tedious. safety pins have a sharp enough point to penetrate but do not try to push all the way through. Simply make a hole big enough for the branch, which is a lot smaller than you think, especially for the smaller top branches.
 

 

Tree Top


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We can now begin to assemble the tree. A fan-shaped sprig of foliage is glued to the tapered tip of the trunk. note that it must be glued high enough to extend beyond and hide the tip of the trunk yet extend low enough so that you can create a hole in the trunk for the topmost branch without breaking the trunk. You might want to drill the first few holes.


 

 

Planting a Tree


The easiest and most dependable way to plant a tree is to mix up a bit of plaster (I use hydrocal) and place a dab where the tree is to grow. place a pin (sharp end up) before it dries and insert tree.

 

TIMBERLY


Eventually a mixture of plaster and sawdust will be used to cover the tree moorings and your forest will be complete.
 

     

 

   

 

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Last update
07/23/2012