As part of the NI Bonsai Society programme for the last four years we have had the pleasure of delivering the ‘Bonsai School’ 3 times a year for the last 4 years. This has been in partnership with Willowbog Bonsai and in particular, Peter Snart.
I’ve known Peter for over 15 years and in that time we have become firm friends. As I host the school sessions at my home, I have had Peter as a house guest 12 times since 2011 and this doesn’t count many other times in previous years. The favour has been returned when I have visited Willowbog Bonsai to attend shows and take part in workshops with people such as Ryan Neil, Peter Warren and Marco Invernizzi.
Peter has now called time on the school in it’s current format, I think mainly due to the fact that he’s fed up packing that bloody van!! 🙂
Bonsai for me is as much about friendship as wee trees and I’m delighted to have both Peter and Jean as friends. The school may be over but the friendship continues. I’m pretty sure he’ll be back at some point and I’m definitely sure I’ll be at Willowbog in the years to come, but in the meantime, thank you Peter.
Originally posted on Nichigo Bonsai: Unfortunately my camera was playing up a bit and most of my pictures were blurry. A few did make it through though and a few of wide range of trees that were on display can…
I don’t mean bonsai artists but I know many of the bonsai community are talented sketch artists in their own right. 🙂
I have a request; I’m looking to revamp my blog logo which is now well known and associated with ‘Bonsai eejit’.
I found this image online many years ago and despite my best efforts I have never been able to track down the original artist. I was keen to get my hands on a better quality copy of this but alas, all efforts have been fruitless.
I’m now looking to create a high quality version of this keeping the same comedic feel of the one above. I am not talented enough either as an artist or with computers to do this myself, so I’m appealing to anyone out there with the skills to give it a go. Full credit will be given here for any work or new designs created.
Over to you bonsai community, anyone fancy giving it ago?
On Saturday I had the pleasure of Judging the Bonsai classes at one of the few remaining old fashioned Flower Shows. Belfast Parks Autumn Fair has been up and down over the years but seems to be undergoing a bit of a revival this year both for the public, who were there on mass and also for bonsai. Our club had done a little bit of a push for members to exhibit this year and they responded with nearly 60 trees on display. It’s far from ideal for displaying bonsai but still serves a purpose to attract the public and recruit new members to the club. Here’s a few general shots of the show. Sorry I forgot my memory card for the camera and had to take these with the phone.
Until a couple of years ago, I’d never worked with Limber Pine, one of our North American white pines. It’s growing on me. Buds back well, nice short needle, strong. Has a nice name, Limber Pine, which comes more trippingly off the tongue than Loblolly Pine, for instance. And it has great deadwood features.
This Limber Pine was styled in a Seasonal Workshop a couple of weeks ago. It was collected by a student of mine, Steve Varland of Backcountry Bonsai, who was able to be in the Seasonal to help style it. Loads of fun!
Photo essay follows our journey with this tree-
Limber Pine from one side…
…and from the other side.
And a couple of shots of the base, with the ‘helix’ roots.
We discovered that a large area of the trunk was dead. That is, not obviously dead. We might call it ‘pre-shari’…