It’s been full on lately with both bonsai and family and the blog has taken a back seat as a result. I’m now playing catch up and thought it only right to share some of the photos from my trip down to Munster to do a few one to one sessions with the folk in the Munster Bonsai Club. A more enthusiastic bunch I’ve yet to meet. I was also lucky to time my visit with their first ever exhibition which, for me, was the highlight of the week.
First up was Mark’s place. A shorter session than usual but we worked late and managed to wire the primary structure into two field grown trees. A first styling for a Japanese Red and a Black Pine.
The lower branch was left to develope into a second trunk and also improve inverse taper. It can always be removed at a later date.
The next day was at Demot’s, again a first styling on a tall Scots Pine and some tweaking on a few Junipers.
He even gave me a tour of Cobh, the town where he lives and the world’s Second largest Natural Harbour.
Day 3 was Piotr’s place and yet another initial styling of a Pine, this time a Lodgepole.
Next was a little Hinoki Cypress that was in need of thinning and a little wiring.
A Japanese White Pine
and then whilst having a few beers… another pine!
Day 4 was with Michael and a change of species, a yew. Not many photos here as I had a limited time period and a lot to discuss as well as work to get done.
Day 5 was at Steve’s place and saw a fair bit of carving both by hand and with power tools. First was this Yew that had been carved previously but showed a lot of tools marks.
And after some work. Further refinement needed on the deadwood, but a step in the right direction.
Some initial carving on a new larch for Steve.
Sadly no finished pics, it was too dark 🙂
Day 6 was the Exhibition and I was delighted to put on a shohin display along with the club members. We set up and had an hour before opening, so we did a critique of the displays with all the club members and exhibitors. I was given a tall Scot’s Pine to style in the demo.
Day 7 was spent with Ray. The main tree was a hinoki cypress that we’d done initial work on 2 years ago. It had grown free for 2 years and was now ready of a new look. We decided to go for a different look that breaks a few rules as far as multi trunk trees go but I feel we created a bonsai that looks like a tree, not a bonsai.
We also did a clearing out of a shohin Chinese Juniper. A nice start.
Day 8, my last day, was with Paul. A lover of Japanese Art and by the look of his garden and house, all things Japanese.
Room with a view. A truly inspiring place to stay.
Paul wanted some help with his niwaki style Pine in his garden. Starting at the top and working down 🙂
Afterwards we wired his Japanese White Pine making a few changes here and there to remove faults while keeping the original image that he liked when it was bought. A badly wire scarred apex had to be removed and replaced.
A massive thank you to all the guys who made this tour possible. I was looked after so well at every stop and the craic was mighty. The drive shown by this club is inspiring and this is only their 4th year. To deliver an exhibition to this standard, AND, there where trees there from 10 members, not all from a few with the higher level trees, shows what a fun club they are to be involved with. It was great to meet the newer members at the exhibition and get a chance to talk bonsai and share ideas for the future.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon and exploring new opportunities in 2018.