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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Hawthorn in January.

I was emailed this photo by Tony W yesterday of a Hawthorn near Lancaster, I cannot believe how far out it is in January.

My Hawthorn are showing sign's of budding but nothing like this.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Multi skilled.

Arriving at willowbog on Saturday in the snow, we were greeted by none other than David Jones from Walsall Ceramics on car park duty.

I only hope he is not contemplating giving up making pots and becoming a car park attendant.where would we get our pots.
On a serious note David, you did a great job.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Natter night 28th Jan.

Even though the weather was bad, { wet and windy } to say the least I still had eight visitors tonight, I think they all came to hear the stories about our weekend trip's to the Ryan Neil workshop's and demo at Willowbog Bonsai.The tales were endless from Mike and myself as this is one weekend I will never forget.
Ken M brought a nice Chinese Juniper to be worked on, so we got stuck in.

This is the tree we worked on, the twisted Shari was the first part as the wire had been left too long and had bitten right into the heartwood and left some nasty scar's which Ken did not like.After filling with some wood filler and a little sanding looked much better. Ken had also wired most of the tree so after being inspired by Ryan I set about tweaking into shape. We also decided to first of all Jin the hanging branch but it turned out to look no better, so it came off all together.

As the Jin had some weathered wood near the trunk it could not be moved so was removed.

A much improved line.

A very good night, now it's an early night for me so I can catch up on sleep.

Ryan Neil 3rd day update.

When I got up this morning I was completely knackered after the amazing weekend at Willowbog with Ryan Neil, but after a phone call from Boxie I went out to his place to get a final image of his Pine and when I got there the three Irish boys were also there.which was a good thing because I got a couple of pics of their Pines as well.

Boxies Pine what a transformation.

Phil's Pine standing up in the back of his van, which is amazing as he had to lay it down on the trip over to Willowbog.

Ian's Pine also in Phil's van.Not the best photos but I am sure there will be some good one's on the Eejit's blog soon.Come on Ian hurry up !!!!

Finally a photo of Sue's Chinese Juniper.

After the workshop.

This is before Ryan worked his magic on it.

A truly unforgettable weekend. 

Very special people.

I would like to thank two very special people who do a lot for the Bonsai community in the UK.Without them we would not have anywhere to meet friends or restock our bonsai needs.
They provide us with a beautiful setting and a very warm welcome every time we arrive there and also arrange workshops and demos by some of the best bonsai artists in the world.

Who am I talking about, Peter and Jean Snart.
The amount of work these two do for  bonsai-ists is unbelievable,despite the weather they managed to host one of the best weekends I for one have ever had.
I am sure everyone who attended the Ryan Neil workshops or demonstration at Willowbog will agree with me on this.
The amount of time and extreme effort they and their family put in was outstanding.

Thank you both.

Ryan Neil 3rd day workshop.

Today was the third and final day of workshops with Ryan Neil at Willowbog bonsai. Last but not least in the way of quality of trees and work done to them.

This Pine must be about five and a half feet high.

The owner Phil from Ireland working on some Jin created from two of the trunks.

No not cutting off ,but Ryan's way of bending heavy branches, cut so far through then bend using guy wires.

I did not manage to get a photo of the styled tree but I am sure there will be one on the Bonsai Eejits blog before the end of the week.

Another nice Pine from Ireland, this time belonging to Ian Y.

Ian and Peter W wiring.

Something was amusing Ian.

Busy boy. Again no final image but I am sure Ian will post some very soon.

This Chinese Juniper belongs to Sue S. these are some photos before work began.

Sue very busy wiring.

Ryan tweaking the tree.

Boxies Pine before work.

Work well under way.

A nice Spruce being worked on by its owner, { sorry i did not get his name }

The almost finished image.

I caught Caz trying to escape.

Caz working on her Chinese Juniper in an antique Chinese basin.

Well on it's way to a brand new image.

Not just a great day but an absolutely brilliant weekend with one of the best Bonsai artists I have had the pleasure to see.

Hurry back Ryan.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

What snow.

It is amazing what a difference a day makes, most of the snow we had at the weekend has been washed away by rain.We can now see the trees on the benches at Willowbog once more.

Above photos from today.
Below from yesterday.

Completely knackered when I got home so I will post the last Ryan Neil workshop tomorrow.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Demo by Ryan Neil at Willowbog Bonsai.

Today's demo by Ryan was absolutely brilliant as these photos show.

Demo tree Taxus Cuspidata.

The end of a very good day's work by a very good Bonsai artist.