In this instance, it is important to be selective as to where on the trunk the shari should be. Before removing the bark, use a marker pen or piece of chalk to outline the area to be carved. Ensure that when carving, the process does not impair the flow of nutrients to those branches in proximity to the shari.
The full correct term is sharamiki, meaning deadwood. Do not overdo this; it is a job for the experienced and those knowledgeable enough horticulturally not to ‘ringbark’ accidentally and consequently kill the tree. Experiment with very small areas of stripped and hollowed trunk; if you are successful, you can try more later.
In the case of both jins and sharis, attaining a natural appearance of the dead wood is important. This can be achieved by tearing away fibres from the wood i.e. pulling away fine strips of wood along the length of the grain to create a natural effect. When fibres are pulled along the length of a branch or trunk, the pulled-fibres will create lines (or depressions) – see images.
Sometimes, the degree of carving required to achieve as good a deadwood effect as possible will necessitate the use of more complex tools and equipment. This especially applies to larger specimens, including collected material such as pines and junipers.
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