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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Natter night update.

I have been doing a little more cleaning on this Squamata Juniper dead wood.

Now for some lime sulpher to seal it.


Monday, 28 October 2013

Natter night 28th Oct 2013.

Despite the weather, tonight was an extremely busy night with twelve people turning up. There was not much room left in the studio to work, but there was enough to make coffee and have a good natter.
After our little accident last week, Margery brought this new addition for the first aid kit.
So we tried it out on Tony W to see if it works. 

About lunch time today I decided to do some work on this Squamata juniper.

I started with some carving on the trunk, which you can see has had a Shari added by someone before it came to me.

By adding some depth to the carving it has also given it a bit of movement as well.

I then started to add some wire and see what I could do with the foliage to make it look like a tree rather than a bush.

I think it has turned out quite well.

Let me know what you think, good or bad.
Next this small Fir, which Sasha brought, had some treatment. 

A quick discussion with Tommy, then off came it's head.

Now Sasha can get it wired and styled.

Could make a nice Shohin in a few years.

Finally tonight this Sulpher spray Boulevard brought by Paul had a main branch removed, then the only branch left was pulled down to open up the foliage. Paul then set about cleaning out some die back to let some light into the canopy.

I had no idea my Monday night's would be so popular when it started, but if it gets any bigger I will need to get an extension on the workshop.
I think I need to win the Lotto.
Thanks for visiting my blog once more.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sue's Shohin.

Today Mike R and me paid a long overdue visit to see Sue S, who is one of the regulars to my natter night.
She really has some of the best Shohin trees in the country as you can see from these photos.


Chinese Elm.

Chinese Juniper.

Hinoki Cypress.

Trident Maple.

Hinoki Cypress.

These are just some of the quality trees that she has.

Return visit.

Saturday saw three car loads descend on Scotland once more, for a visit to see Robert Porch and also call in to Wattston Bonsai.For three people, Tommy, Sasha and Sue, it was their first time, but probably not the last as they really enjoyed the day.

Sue Being given the tour by Robert.

Tommy seems to be praying for help.

Another good day, thanks for the hospitality to Robert and Dougie.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Another Shohin Spruce.

As I was up early this morning I thought I would start on another Spruce that was left with me to be styled

This is before any work was done..

Another view.


After a couple of hours work.

A basic structure has been formed and the top of the compost cleaned and refreshed with a new top dressing.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Natter night 21st Oct 2013.

A very good night again with seven visitors including Margery, who missed last weeks exam, but did not get away with it this week.

I set her the same task, to choose a Cotoneaster, wire and style it. But me being me I did not get an after photo of it.

Tony W brought this Small Juniper for some advice about where to start it on it's Bonsai journey.

So after a clean up of the Nebari and a clip out, you can see a tree image starting to appear. 

I must also say sorry to Tony as when I was clipping some of the small roots off the surface he got a bit to close with his hand and I managed to slice his thumb.He should have known better when I am in full flow with a pair of shear's 
Next is Ken's Oak, which he brought earlier in the year for a styling,  came back tonight and how it has grown this year. Very strong growth and also much smaller leaves.


This morning after seeing the forecast on TV I decided to move most of my tree's into the greenhouse for some protection from the heavy rain we are supposed to have over the next few days.

They do not mind a bit of rain, but being soaked is something else.

This way I can keep control of how much water they get.
I know Tony will be looking in so just for him.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

October novice workshop at Willowbog.

Having missed last months workshop, it was really nice to be back, passing on the knowledge I have picked up on my journey through Bonsai to people just starting out.It was also nice to see a tree that started as a Bonsai in my garden quite a few years ago, then it was passed on to a new owner. It turned up at today's workshop, now owned by newcomer Bob.

This Juniper has been left too long without being trimmed, so after a good clip and a few bits of wire I have given Bob some advice about where to go with the tree in the future.


Frozen in time, no they were listening to Peter doing his introduction to Bonsai to the newcomers.

Peter usually talks through each students main tree of the day, about where and what they expect from it.

Keep going Peter they still look interested. He He.

Peter then got into this large piece of material, they all laughed when I said bring out the chainsaw, but that is what Peter used to reduce the size.

What was left now has a good shape to work on, when new branches start to emerge in Spring.

Anthony, hiding behind his newly purchased White pine, which he is going to work with Marc Noelanders next year at Willowbog.

For once I caught Terry doing some good work on Barry's White Pine.

Another of Bob's trees, which I clipped out for him, then showed him how to apply wire.

I then set him some homework, by telling him to wire the rest of the tree and bring it back to be tweaked into place.

While Bob was wiring I put some on this Small Cotoneaster of his and pruned it a little.

Finally today's Tokenoma display, A very nice White beech, in it's Autumn colour.

Another enjoyable workshop.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Shohin Spruce.

I have just finished the first styling of this Shohin Spruce, which I have to say was a pleasure to do.

The front, before styling

The back,before styling.


The front, after the work was done.


The back,after working.


I think this little tree has the potential to become a very nice tree within a couple of years.


You will notice one or two small branches have been left on for now these can either be used in the future design or to replace some of the thicker branches I have had to use.