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Matt bonsai program reel in Bay Island Bonsai

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After an incredible 8 years studying with Shinji Suzuki in Obuse, Japan, Matt Reel has returned to the US as bonsai professional.

Matt Reel

Matt with western juniper recently carved

I met for the first time in 2009 Matt – 3 years after learning – on a visit to the garden Suzuki (see “Taikan Bonsai Museum”). Since his work was impressive. Now that Matt is back, which is available for a variety of services including bonsai styling, demonstrations, workshops and programs bonsai. At a recent meeting Bay Island Bonsai, Matt provides a critique of members trees.

Matt Reel

Finding a new front

Matt carefully reviewed each of the trees in the meeting and shared their views during the program. For a white pine, he suggested a new front. For a small juniper, a new angle planting.

Matt Reel

Taking into account a new angle seeding

With a saw juniper newly obtained ran through the basic steps to initially create a tree. He began by checking the surface roots.

Matt Reel

Looking shallow roots

Thence made suggestions for the front and the planting angle that offers the best asset of the tree -. His deadwood interesting

Sierra juniper

Juniper deadwood

The program was great and I’m looking forward to the next visit of Matt. For those interested in learning more about Matt or after work, check out his website, Reel Bonsai.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com

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