Following one last-minute withdrawal we had eight folk participating in yesterdays regular monthly workshop here at Willowbog Bonsai.
We started, as usual, with a brief [ maybe not so brief !! ] discussion on some of the trees that had been brought along.
Whilst I am aware that the time spent in this way does eat into what is available to actually work on trees, I am convinced that it is a way for all to benefit in a significant way from the day, no matter how many bonsai, or potential bonsai, none, few, or many, that they have with them.
We had a real mix of folk yesterday, some real regulars and some new faces to the nursery.
Billy D. in the middle of this shot is an interesting character. He was not participating yesterday but just dropped in to see us. He has been interested in bonsai for a very long time now. Indeed, probably more than twenty-five years ago, in the company of another North-east enthusiast, Billy travelled to Holland to learn from well-known bonsai teacher, Hotsumi Terakawa, a Japanese bonsai master who had relocated to live in Europe, working initially with the big Dutch nursery, Lodders, with whom, I believe, he is still closely involved.
My chat did finally end which allowed some work on trees. Here, Will, attending his first ever workshop, gets on with cleaning the deadwood on a juniper tanuki.
Will was in the company of his ” father-out-law ” John, who, though quite a regular at the nursery, may have been doing his first workshop ? We see Terry [with his characteristic winter head-gear ] passing on some of his knowledge in this photo, it may have been about bonsai but we cannot be sure !!
Brian, in the foreground, is a frequent visitor to our monthly Bonsai Chat days, but this was his first workshop and he brought along this impressive Hinoki cypress garden plant.
His initial query was did it have bonsai potential. I think that we all agreed that it did ! and following help from Ray and Terry to reveal the base of the multiple trunks, about ten centimetres below the soil level, this was confirmed by the appearance of an excellent nebari. Lots and lots of work still required to make a bonsai from this piece of raw material but well worth the effort I think !
Ray definitely took a shine to this tree and promised to help Brian do some more work on it at the next Bonsai Chat in two weeks time.
Recent bonsai convert and refreshingly keen, John H. is seen in this photo chatting to Willowbogger, Antony R. who, along with the G-man [who took the majority of these images, thanks Peter !] worked quietly away all day on their own in the ‘New greenhouse’ alongside the studio.
The loop immediately above Antony’s head is the control for the newly installed electric hoist [ see a previous post ] not something to resort to in despair when getting reprimanded for poor wiring !! Peter !
So a very tiring but very rewarding day. My grateful thanks as always to both Terry and Ray [ who also took some of the pictures, I think ? ] for their invaluable help yesterday. The tokonoma display was the Siberian elm, Ulmus pumila, from The Willowbog Collection.
Winter image looking good and potted in a really nice Walsall Ceramic oval container.
I feel a bit out-of-order hoping for a quiet day today !!!