Reel Returns

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015 | No Comments
Reel Returns

For the first weekend in June I had the pleasure once again of hosting Matt Reel for a few days of bonsai work. BSSF did two group workshops with Matt instructing and I worked with him on a few trees privately as well. The great thing about working with a bonsai professional is that you […]

Postcards from Portland: Part 3

Posted by on May 9, 2015 | 5 Comments
Postcards from Portland: Part 3

If you were to sit in a workshop full of knowledgable bonsai hobbyists in the United States and have a conversation about what species of tree will win the judging at The Artisans Cup in Portland in September you would likely get a consensus that it will be a collected juniper. What exact species, whether […]

Kishu Cuttings

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 | 6 Comments
Kishu Cuttings

Last fall I cleaned up an overgrown Kishu shimpaku juniper that had many long runners on it. Whenever I see a tree that has a large straight base to it and then a bunch of tightly controlled branches it makes me want to propagate and work on tiny little seedlings and cuttings. There’s some sort […]

Matt Reel – Part 2

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 | 3 Comments
Matt Reel – Part 2

At the same time that BSSF scheduled Matt for a demonstration for the Thursday general meeting, the club also scheduled him to do a group workshop on Saturday for six participants. That left Matt with nothing to do for Friday stuck in San Francisco. So, after the meeting was over on Thursday I asked him […]

Deadwood Details

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | No Comments
Deadwood Details

In the mountains, the details in juniper and other deadwood that you find on trees can be really incredible. It’s a good place to take some inspiration for how to treat the deadwood on a bonsai. These examples were all taken near Sonora pass in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Yosemite National Park. Perhaps […]

Yamadori-Style Juniper Projects – details and examples

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 | No Comments
Yamadori-Style Juniper Projects – details and examples

While the theory behind producing Yamadori-style juniper bonsai is simple to explain, the process takes some time, and perhaps most importantly, perseverance. What if the most challenging aspect of bonsai growing is to remember your intentions eight years after you had the original idea? Luckily, the plant is there to remind us of what we […]