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Art rampant

January 8, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 12 views

The Portland Japanese Garden is organizing an exhibition of bonsai featuring the work of Neil Ryan from May 21 to 19 of June. Eric Schrader and I were in town during the first day, so we stopped for a visit. The exhibition, American Bonsai. The u.... More »

Refining a yaupon holly

Refining a yaupon holly

January 8, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 34 views

brought my yaupon holly to a recent Bay Island Bonsai workshop for trimming. Even in the cold climate of northern California, I have to fine or trim the branches every two or three months. And now, after several years of this treatment, some of the.... More »

Decandling season is not only to decandling

Decandling season is not only to decandling

January 7, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 29 views

Decandling season, usually in late spring to early summer, it may involve much more than the elimination of spring production of bonsai pine. It is also a good time to remove additional needles, reduced light, and even the wiring. Because time is o.... More »

A reduction technique-decandling

A reduction technique-decandling

January 7, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 31 views

Last January, I attended a workshop led by Daisaku Nomoto. When I was about to start plucking a young pine needles, Nomoto recommended I leave some of the oldest needles in place. I asked why, and suggested the following technique. Many branches .... More »

Making a large incision in a bonsai ficus

Making a large incision in a bonsai ficus

January 6, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 36 views

I had fun watching my new ficus develop. After seeing how quickly it has grown, I can better understand the appeal of the bonsai ficus. Here are some pictures of the tree as the initial cut in April (see "New Ficus Bonsai" for details). After .... More »

basic care bonsai tool

basic care bonsai tool

January 6, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 32 views

do not know much about caring for bonsai tools. I sharpen them when bored and occasionally oil them to prevent oxidation. Here is my basic configuration: hones I've been using the same holder Hone since I started bonsai. It is ideal to keep .... More »

Basic tools Bonsai

Basic tools Bonsai

January 5, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 32 views

Part of the fun of visiting major exhibitions of bonsai is shopping in the vendor area. Sometimes there are hundreds of bright, new tools for sale. After taking a good look at each usually tell myself - or try to anyway - I have enough for now. And.... More »

Announcing the artisans Cup Bonsai Exhibition Portland!

Announcing the artisans Cup Bonsai Exhibition Portland!

January 5, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 47 views

I've been waiting for a year to make this post! It was over a year ago Ryan Neil and I started throwing ideas around a new exhibition of bonsai in our hometown of Portland, Oregon, and are finally ready to announce it. Cup artisans Portland Bonsai .... More »

zelkova broom style

zelkova broom style

January 4, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 25 views

Seeing deciduous bonsai on display at Kokufu is always a treat. Here it is a great example - zelkova style broom with strong roots, straight trunk, and many fine branches that create a complete silhouette. It is a beautiful tree. zelkova T.... More »

Decandling season comes

Decandling season comes

January 4, 2018 - admin - bonsai general - 30 views

If you have a number of bonsai pine red or black, will have noticed that there are new candles everywhere -. A sign that the time is decandling candles pine is still a bit early for people living in warmer areas, but the people in colder cli.... More »