Deadwood and jin bonsai

How to make a jin with the right tools

by Valentina Addante

The processing of deadwood is an important phase that every bonsaiist passes through, once he has mastered his own bonsai.

The highest expression of bonsai philosophy, as a representation of the tree in nature.

You may have seen plants with branches broken by the wind or the weight of the snow. Deadwood simulates these events.

Dry wood

You will understand well the difficulty in creating something that comes as close to reality as possible.

First of all, it is carried out mostly on evergreen bonsai, with hard and resistant wood.

Nobody would dream of creating a jin on a plant such as bougainvillea or fig, characterized by a soft wood that would be consumed in a short time.


Now let's move on to the practical part!

Deadwood processing can be done at any time. It would be better to opt for the periods when the bonsai is at rest and is more bare of vegetation.

You just have to get the tools you need to do it.

  • First of all a jin shaver , with which to go digging wood

jin razor


If the branch to be processed has a large diameter, opt for a root cutter

Bonsai cutter

Root cutter

Then, with a curved bonsai pliers , remove the wood that you have previously broken

Bonsai curved nose pliers

Curved bonsai pliers

  • Once the jin is made, define everything by burning the smaller wood residues with a burner

Bonsai burner


jin bonsai toothbrush

Brush made of brass

  • Wet the worked part with water and finish by applying jin liquid

Liquid jin

Liquid jin

The application of the liquid jin in addition to whitening the wood, will help you to preserve it from external agents.

Repeat the operation of applying jin liquid at least once a year.

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