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BONSAI BASH - Photo's and review SUN

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Author Name: Corin Tomlinson
Posted: 18/09/2017 17:14
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Sept 3rd was the second day of our Annual BONSAI BASH, held each year at Greenwood Bonsai Studio. 

This FREE event consists of daily bonsai demonstrations, specimen bonsai exhibition of bonsai from the personal collection of Corin Tomlinson. Along with Bonsai sales, bargain bonsai pot area and refreshments.

Well, I was very pleased with my demo tree's on Saturday. Sunday it was onto another. This is a Blaauws Juniper Tanuki material. Tanuki is the name for a bonsai technique where you attached live trees to deadwood. In this case there are 3 blaauws junipers attached to this piece of deadwood. They have been growing on there for over 10 years.

I bought this tree earlier in the year from a retiring collector. He had assembled it together years ago but never got around to styling it.

It was good to have enough time to do justice to this tree. Too often we see rushed demo's in a short space of time. The duration of this demo meant for a more relaxed pace, and gave me time to consider the design of the tree as it began to take shape.

Bonsai is never fully achieved in a 1 hour demonstration. I always have many of my previous demonstration trees on display to show this fact. Visitors could see the trees that were worked on last year, and it gives a greater understanding of how bonsai progress, along with showing the viewer what the artist was looking to a achieve. Seeing trees that were done, 2,3,4,5 years ago, often I display these with photos from each year to give a truly step by step progress portfolio.

After around 4 hours demonstration, here is the final photo of the tree. Foliage has been thinned out with scissors, branches have been wired into position. I have started to add detail to the deadwood by carving some deep channels and adding some interest. There is much more carving to do, but this will be done in a few months once the tree has had time to settle in and recover.

As always, Yuji the Chow was around to keep an eye out for spare sandwiches !

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