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Monday, 18 September 2017

Natter night 18th September 2017.

Yet another wet and damp day, but it turned out quite nice tonight.

Beautiful colours.

This Lonicera, which belongs to John, was in need of a good clip out.

After pruning and returning to a basic shape.

The only other tree tonight was Boxie's Juniper, which had the deadwood cleaned and given a coat of lime sulpher.
Quite a busy night and very smelly.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Another tree for the Bjorn workshop.

Today I went to see Boxie and Theo and the tree Theo is taking up to the Bjorn workshop in October.

Theo putting some wire on the tree.

I have also heard that there is one space available on Sat 14th Oct if anyone is interested.
Please contact me via pm on facebook.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Bjorn in Ireland.

I have been asked to pass this on to all my visitors.

Tickets will be available from Bonsai Belfast at Europa, The tree for the demo will be a big scots pine.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Bonsai tools.

When I first started to do Bonsai I did not have much money, so I could not afford to spend much on tools.

These are the first tools I bought some thirty years ago.
From the left, long handled shears, wire cutters, knob cutter and root pruning shears.
They were all quite cheap, but if you look after them they will serve you well, as I still use them every time I work on trees.

They need to be kept clean and sharp.
To do this I use cleaning blocks to remove any resin that has built up on the blades.
Then they are sharpened using either of these two tools{ bottom of photo.}

I then cover with a light coat of Camellia oil, to keep them free from rust.

Nowadays I have some stainlees steel tools, but still use my old ones more often.

Bonsai Thursday with Dave.

Today's visit from Dave turned into a discussion about my tree for the upcoming Bjorn workshop and about a display table for Boxie's tree for Bonsai Europa.

There are so many options for this tree, as it is or angled to the right or to the left.
I am still not sure, so I will let Bjorn decide on the best for the tree.

I have however decided on the final pot for the tree, this very nice Japanese pot from Bigei.

As for picking a display table.

Take your pick Mike.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Natter night 11th September 2017.

Today seems to be Juniper day as I have been working on some of mine and then tonight Boxie brought his to be worked on before it goes into Bonsai Europa in October.

Boxie working hard on his tree, If you would like to see more of it you will have to go to Europa.

A Shohin Itoigawa with cup for size comparrison.

Chuhin sized Itoigawa.

Another Chuhin size.

This piece of bogwood on slate, which is Andy's, was filled with Keto and had some small accents added. Andy is going to cover the Keto with moss and find a tree to plant into the wood.

A very busy night once more.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

My tree for Bjorn.

This is the tree I intend taking up to Scotland for a workshop with Bjorn in October.
Itoigawa Juniper.

As you can see it needs a good clean up and a restyle.

The clean up starts here, after the weeds were removed and the bark done, the Jin and Shari were cleaned and coated with lime sulpher.

Looks much cleaner now, all ready for the workshop.

Can't wait!