Today I prepared 4 Pinus sylvestris yamadori, ready for styling. I create the jins and pruned all the unnecessary branches. They are all 4 to 5 years in the pot. They are ready for the first raffia and wiring. They all 4 have a different style caracter. They are priced up between 600€ and 1600€. This weeks offer -40% discount. If not sold I style them next week.
Now it is time for the repotting. In his pot of the last two years the Juniper made a complete new root ball. Now I can remove the last pieces of the old root ball.
This is the new round pot for the tree and this will be the angle we will pot it.
Potted in the correct angle. An upper layer with keto and moss. This is to protect the young roots which are above the pot level.
The tree seen from another angle.
The Juniper in the glasshouse. This is another story of a long time project with no heavy and no drastic bendings. The preparartion of the material and timing is important.
Freddy’s Juniperus chinensis started from scratch 10 years ago. Picture taken by Frans Jacobs.
Luc’s Acer p. Kotohime raft in antique Tokoname pot. Picture taken by Frans Jacobs.
Eric’s Juniper Itoigawa. Picture taken by Frans Jacobs.
The Juniper eight years later. All branches are stabilized and need no more wire. On this photo the tree is just thinned out and ready for the final step in his shaping. Two years ago I put the tree in another pot to achieve a better root ball.
Now I want to do with the dead wood as I did eight years ago with the first piece, without good result then because the wood was still wet (see my post from yesterday 1703.13). The jin is now totally dry, I put towels which I heated in boiled water around the wood. This I do for about 20 minutes and then I can start bending.
Bending of the dry wood without breaking.
Doing with two hands what normally should be done with four hands; bending and fixing the wire at the same time.
This was the movement I wanted to achieve the first time. This is again proof that the time to let the dead wood dry first naturally is important and then bend with a simple old skool technique. Now we have a very ellegant beautiful movement of a branch that gives the impression of being dead for a very long time and a tree that is growing around the branch.
WILL BE CONTINUED TOMORROW.
In the morning, the preparation of the Tokonoma. Nothing has changed over the years, the same people ten years older.
Talk about Tokonoma display.
It gives a good feeling that people who started with bonsai 10 years ago, with no knowledge at all at the time, can make a correct display with a tree they made themselve. The tree has mature foliage, no wire to keep the branches or foliage in place. Presenting the tree in a Tokonoma with a correct pot, matching table and accent.
After discussing all the displays we talked about the quality of the trees and the next steps to do.
The explanation of the past and the future and the first important steps to do now. The average quality level of the trees has improved.
Our intention is that every bonsai enthusiast can practice his hobby at a high level within his abilities and financial possibilities.
I thank all the participants for coming, I hope you enjoyed it. Take advantage of the information I gave you.