This afternoon I had another Open Workshop for my advance students to style and refine their bonsai. There were a few interesting bonsai which were brought into the studio.
Alan continued to work on my formal upright RAF Dwarf Scots pine removing old needles and excess buds in preparation for future display.
Brian brought in a most unusual species, Toxicodendron radicans, to wire and had to wear rubber gloves to avoid contact with the poison urushiol. I did NOT help him wire the Poison Ivy.
Bob brought in a large Japanese Yew he rescued from the roadside many years ago. He has been refining it in preparation for the 2020 7th US National Bonsai Exhibition.
Bob also brought in a good size Crabapple to discuss the container selection. It has some dead wood areas. A couple of years ago Marc air layered the top of Bob’s tree to create a cascade style Crabapple bonsai.
Tom brought in a heavy trunk Japanese Five-needle Pine bonsai which needs a few more years to develop vigor so it can be styled.
Marc brought in an historic Japanese Deciduous Holly which originally came from my teacher, Kyuzo Murata, Kyuka-en Bonsai Garden in Omiya Bonsai Village Japan.
We all enjoyed beautiful weather working indoors on our bonsai while I slowly went around helping my friends…