An Advance Open Bonsai Workshop

 

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IMG_0144.JPGThis 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.

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Alan continued to work on my formal upright RAF Dwarf Scots pine removing old needles and excess buds in preparation for future display.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We all enjoyed beautiful weather working indoors on our bonsai while I slowly went around helping my friends…
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