Please give support for a new bonsai art book that is in production

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I don’t generally like to push things upon my readers (except for my arrogant prose and my questionable bonsai stylings, I guess…) but I recently got an email from a well known, professional photographer heaping praise upon me and my blogs content (ok, it was more like him saying he enjoyed the way I showed step by step steps, but I’ll take what I can get) and telling me about his own bonsai project he’s been working on for a year.

The photographers name is Stephen Voss and if you visit his website’t be scared off by the portrait of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan’s stern visage on the front page. Or the other politicians and politicos for that matter, he does live in Washington D.C., the belly of the beast, so to say, and he’s a talented, famous photog) you’ll see how gifted he is. Click around…

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A broken bonsai tool

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Here’s a short post that might help you out, but is really just to make myself look more awesome. Because I am you know, just ask anyone. Unless your name is Mike. For some reason, all my life anyone named Mike just couldn’t appreciate my magnificence. Or they did in the beginning, but something happened that dissuaded them from the true and righteous path that I follow.

A tool. No, I don’t mean the Mikes of the world, but a bonsai tool.


Being the hoarder I am, I won’t throw it away. I shall attempt to repair it. And with what shall I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza? Why, with my mini angle grinder, that’s what I’ll use.

I have two wheels I’m using: a regular grinding wheel….

And a flap disc, which is comprised of overlapping layers of sand paper.

This might be 150 grit. I’m not…

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Podocarpus? Podo-crazy!

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A bucket of podocarpus trimmings. If it could be smoked, I’d move to Colorado and make more money selling it than I’d ever make doing bonsai. Or not. Maybe. I know of at least two bonsai professionals just waiting for legalization in their respective states to begin another horticultural enterprise. Let me show you what I’ve been up to lately.

Four podos, especial and stuff, for ya’ll.

I know, the last one is interesting. Let’s begin with the first one though. Just to be regular and things.

This was my second tree to be exhibited at the Epcot International Flower and Garden festival. It just needs a trim. Well, a hard trim. I need a step stool though, it’s a little tall for me.

I had let the tree go a little to regain some strength from the show. But that was three years ago, so it’s time for The…

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The Bonsai Kid

The headliner at the 4th African Bonsai convention in Stellenbosch SA next month.

Bonsai Eejit

Here’s a link to a fantastic article on about Ryan Neil and his journey towards this weekend’s Artisan Cup in Portland.

I’ve read a lot about Ryan in the past and some of that’s in here too but in a very open interview you can see just how much he’s put on the line for bonsai in America. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with him and can only wish him great success in his endeavours this weekend.

Click on the photo below to visit the article or ant of the links on this page.

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Another Year On…

Scratch Bonsai

I’ve been reviewing the blog lately and thinking about the progress of my trees and material in the past year.  An ideal scenario would be that everything is a year better in development but unfortunately that’s not the case.  It’s the Belfast City Autumn Show this weekend and I remember thinking last year that I would like to have a few more things to enter in the bonsai classes at the 2015 event.  For various reasons, I don’t, and next year hopefully I can enter more than my same usual 2 or 3 trees.

But there has been noticeable progress with other material still in development and that’s encouraging.  I have to sometimes remind myself that I’m choosing the long route in bonsai and things do take time to transform from garden/seedling material to competition ready bonsai trees.

This shohin sized Serissa Foetida is coming on well after a year…

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Tall Scots Pine 2nd Styling

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Over our last 2 “get together” sessions, Gerry and I have been busy styling his tall scots pine.

This cultivar of pinus sylvestris, which I think is either beuvronensis or watereri has a good nebari, excellent movement in the trunk and a good dark green foliage colour. The trunk is relatively thin for its height.

Last year Gerry took this tree to a Marc Noelanders workshop to get some advice on how to take it forward. I took the first 2 pictures at the workshop last year, unfortunately I didn’t get a picture before and immediately after this work.



This is how the tree looked earlier this year when it was re-potted.


Today we completed the work in beautiful autumn sunshine.


Halfway through the process.


Work completed for now.This is how the tree is looking at the moment.


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