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Second generation bonsai artist, Hiro Yamaji proprietor of Sansho-En Bonsai Garden in Kokubunji, Japan will be conducting a special one-day hands-on workshop. Mr. Yamaji is a graduate of Osaka University and fluent in English and has presented programs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is one of the international judges at the 4th U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition.

Mr. Yamaji, pine bonsai specialist, with decades of experience about pruning, pinching new growth, wiring as well as with a wide variety of species. Watch and learn as Mr. Yamaji performs his magic on your bonsai as well as having all your questions answered in perfect English, without wasted translation time.

Registration for the Yamaji Bonsai Workshop is $125, Observers $50. Observers may ask limited questions. Bring your own plant material or purchase something exciting from over 40 vendors at the U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition sales area. The Yamaji Bonsai Workshop…

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Initial Working #3 Privet & Hawthorn

Two more getting their first direction. First is a hawthorn with great bark and second is an unusual variety of privet.











Ryan Neil in Oz Video

Initial Working #2 Hawthorn

This is another Hawthorn I worded on on Saturday, collected from a hedge a few years ago using a digger and now well established in a pot. Some amazing deadwood that will now be protected. Branch selection and some basic placing done. Raffia on  a few of the heavy branches to get the right placement. Leader left to grow free to help with taper. This will be another great tree in a few years time.









More on Pots

Cheers to Mario who shared this on Facebook and brought it to my attention. Makes you appreciate pots a little more.

and a few others on the channel to keep me busy 🙂

Initial workings #1 Pyracantha

I had the pleasure of working on this tree yesterday.

This Pyracantha was a beast collected from a garden a few years ago. It was time to do some branch selection and a little placement with wire where it was required. First though we had to define what was alive on the trunk and define the veins. Most of the trunk was dead but it had two live veins and an impressive base once we uncovered it. Bark was removed from the dead areas but no detailed carving was done for now. The top of the chop would was removed as this wont be needed in any final design. A repot in the Spring and this tree is well on the way to being one of the most impressive Pyracantha I have seen.

Into the Wind Rivers: Part 1

One of my favourite blogs, great scenery, gnarly trees, happy dogs and adventure. What a way to live….

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Granite Wonderland D.O.G. Granite Wonderland D.O.G.

The Wind River range in west central Wyoming has long been one of my fantasy places. It seems like every time I see a stunning photograph in a magazine and wonder “where is that?!” it’s always the Winds.

The Photographer at Photographer's Point The Photographer at Photographer’s Point

The Wind Rivers did not disappoint but the visit was somewhat bittersweet; I so longed to shoulder my backpack and disappear into those mountains for a few days, but my older dog Bowie just isn’t up to long hikes anymore. For his age, he’s in great health, excellent shape and high spirits. He has almost no grey and you’d never guess he’s 11 – he’s certainly not counting – but he’s slow and gets sore after a few miles and is easily dehydrated. At a burly 85 pounds, he’s 2/3 of my weight and I’d have a hell of a time evacuating him if…

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Another Milestone, Not that I noticed!

At some point in the last few weeks I passed the 2000 subscribers mark on Youtube. I try and share anything of interest on there either from my own exploits or some of what the Club gets up too. Hard to get a balance, sometimes what’s popular is the last thing I’d expect! I have over 100 videos up there now! Youtube is a real strange community at times but a very useful tool all the same. I always look forward to the Bonsai Art of Japan Series additions and of course Mr Potters creations.

Anyway, thanks to all those who liked what they saw enough to hit subscribe, and also to that person who always hits the dislike button, you make me smile 🙂

Click on the image to visit the channel, hit like or dislike, I really don’t care 🙂

Stone Monkey in Action

Trying to take a bigger interest in pots and sat glued to this. Thanks for taking the time Andy.