I added some branches to the tops of the trees and attempted to flair the bases with pressure treated wood to be covered by wire lathe.
But I realy wasn't pleased with the outcome so I pulled out the welder and fabricated a pencil rod skeleton to attach the wire lathe to (this method allowed me to get a little more fluid with the shapes of the bases.)
On these small trees and the branches it's a teadious process.
This is a rough application process working from the top down.(you cannot work the concrete much at all or it will just fall off of the lathe) the only way to do this is to apply a little at a time and at the most three swipes with a trowel then move on, and on, and on.
Using a variety of crude tools, a sharpened stick, a customized butter knife, some rolled up wire lathe, a stiff brush and a soft brush to name a few.
you start carving letting your imagination be your guide.
These will look really cool once they have been painted and glazed.
Another display to show potential customers. This type of work needs to be seen, It's difficult to explain it.