Well for a start it makes the main studio at Willowbog Bonsai too hot to work in !
Not for everyone though ! John H obviously relishing the heat as worked away.
Working away wiring his Western hemlock.
John is quite new to bonsai and has not much wiring experience under his belt but he made a good job with this chuhin size bonsai, getting it started on it’s bonsai journey.
We had started the day in the usual fashion with a discussion about some of the bonsai that the seven regular participants had brought along to the workshop. Nattering about trees is how The Proprietor describes this process !
Bud selection on pines was one topic that we ”nattered” about. Brian W looks on, though it was David T’s shohin mugo pine we were using as an example.
Ray, helping out as usual , worked on Brian’s larch with him.
David T also seemed to be happy in the studio heat all day and worked away on a few of his smaller bonsai, Mike R, who also lent a hand yesterday, looking on.
Mike actually provided valuable assistance to David C who looks on with some trepidation as I reduce the root ball on his nursery origin Eastern hemlock raw material.
The tree as purchased was in a sixty litre plastic pot and so well endowed with fibrous roots that we were quite safe in making an initial reduction in this way.
Then followed a search for the illusive nebari !
Before ending up like this, potted into a really nice Korean origin ceramic oval pot. Having cut away all the interior dead twigs and branches, David can now allow the tree to rest and recover for the rest of this growing season before making a start on turning this into what should turn out to be a really interesting bonsai.
Other participants did make their workshop day alfresco, Mr. Greeno completed the final, fine wiring of his Cedar of Lebanon.
Antony R also seemed to have a very pleasant day in the sun with his Korean hornbeam.
On lovely days like this it is easy to forgot those long, wet , winter days when all they come for is Jean’s soup !!
I didn’t get the sun right in this shot of Ray photographing the caged wild animals in their natural envirement !
The final images of the day are of Angela and her trees, she also spent the day out in the fresh air, sorry about the back view Angela !!
Angela’s own photos of here two workshop trees, a Willowbog larch before
And after , just some initial branch selction done with wiring to follow in the autumn.
A weeping cedar of nursery origin.
This tree potted into a plastic training pot and a bit of a cut back on the branches, proper styling again left until it recovers from the potting. Thanks for the pictures Angela.
Another workshop next month on the penultimate Saturday if you fancy giving it a go !