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Demonstration at Kent Bonsai - Corin Tomlinson

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Author Name: Corin Tomlinson
Posted: 11/10/2017 13:32
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Kent Bonsai Club. Demonstration of Blue Cedar by Corin Tomlinson. Autumn 2017

In September I was once again pleased to be invited as Guest Demonstrator to Kent Bonsai Club based in Canterbury. I have been a few times before, and this time wanted to take a larger piece of material to work on.

I selected a field grown Blue Cedar- (Cedrus altlantica "Glauca"). These have been grown for bonsai use, trimmed back whilst being grown on in the field. Resulting in good heavy trunks, and compact branching.

For many years I have loved Cedar trees, and especially as bonsai. But I feel they are under used and particularly under represented at bonsai shows and exhibitions. 

I must be trying to alter this single handedly  !  - As I now have 5 Specimen Cedars in my collection - 2x Cedar of Lebanon, 1x Deodar Cedar and 2x Blue Atlantic Cedars.

Here is the tree just before my demonstration started. Tools at the ready !

First job was to use a root hook to find the base of the tree, it was potted quite deeply, I removed over 10cm of soil from the top of the rootball to get down to the base and surface roots. I have worked on a few of these trees, and this one had the best base of them all.


Once I had found the base, I set about wiring and trimming the branches.

A couple of large branches were no match for my new Mini Chainsaw !

Cedars are very flexible so its fairly easy to arrange branches when styling. The trouble is in a demo situation I generally have around 1.5 hours, which is not a lot of time to work on a tree this large, whilst talking and explaining my work as I go along.

After the demo was done this is the tree, there was still some fine wiring to do, but all main branches had been wired and positioned.


The next day it was back to my studio at Greenwood Bonsai. Fresh in my mind I wanted to get a touch more work done to the Cedar. Around another 45 minutes was spent doing some fine wiring and secondary branch positioning.

Heres the result below. This tree will now be left alone, and re-potted into a training pot in Spring  2018.

I am now taking bookings for Demonstrations at bonsai shows / conventions / societies and clubs for 2018/19. So please get in touch with your requirements and subjects before my teaching calendar gets too full.


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