Shohin Pines, choosing the correct material

California Bonsai Art

A couple years ago I picked up several young pines from a grower in Lindsey, Ed Clark. Ed grows these pines with wire embedded in the trunk to add girth quickly and to add good movement. The technique is not for everyone and pine purists will say they look un-natural and man made. The truth is that as the years go by they look less and less man made and begin to take on a different look. I am OK with the look and will continue to work with these pines to see how I might develop them.

The pines at the nursery are fairly bushy due to letting the growth run and pruning only once a year. The trunks have been wrapped with wire and the wire is allowed to cut in producing lots of scar tissue and bulges and texture. A lot of the trunks at this age look…

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Harry Harrington Workshop in Dublin 

Leinster Bonsai Club

Leinster Bonsai Club are delighted to confirm a weekend workshop with Harry Harrington.

On 18th and 19th of February 2017 Harry will be coming to Dublin to teach us a few of his many tricks. Author of 3 books and the most comprehensive bonsai species website out there Harry certainly knows a thing or two about bonsai.

If you are interested in attending one or all of the days please contact me via the contact page.

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JBP, ‘arakawa’ from Telperion Farms

Nebari Bonsai

Bought this from Chris Kirk at Telperion Farms in December 2014. They’re great growers out in Oregon. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on their website definitely give them a call or email. They have lots of stock! Here is the tree as received:

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I let it grow all year in 2015 without pruning. Just wanted to get to know the tree, walk around it for a while, and determine what side would present the best front. So here it is in March, 2016:
Front

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Right

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Back

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Left

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Trees grown for bonsai have good bases, movement, taper, considered trunk sections, branches at the outsides of curves, and several options for a front.

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See all the small shoots popping at the big branches? Those will be used to make the final branches over the next few years. Smaller branches offer flexibility, ramification close to the trunk, add a refined…

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