Matt Reel – Spruce

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 | No Comments
Matt Reel – Spruce

While Matt and I were walking around my yard, I was trying to let him chose trees that he might want to work on because I’ve always felt that when an artist sees a tree that they like, they’re immediately excited to work on it. I know when I look around at trees in my […]

Matt Reel – Part 2

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Matt Reel – Part 2

At the same time that BSSF scheduled Matt for a demonstration for the Thursday general meeting, the club also scheduled him to do a group workshop on Saturday for six participants. That left Matt with nothing to do for Friday stuck in San Francisco. So, after the meeting was over on Thursday I asked him […]

Matt Reel – Part 1

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 | One Comment
Matt Reel – Part 1

After meeting Matt Reel for the first time in February of 2011 in Obuse, at the nursery of his teacher Shinji Suzuki, I was most struck by the environment that he was studying in. The nursery was immaculate and the trees that were housed there were equally impressive. Here are a few photos of trees […]

Neagari – A quick wiring

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 | No Comments
Neagari – A quick wiring

This little exposed-root Japanese Black pine belongs to a friend. Actually, it was a seedling that I started, but the credit for the current state of the tree goes to a friend. He’s no longer doing bonsai and had the forethought to sell his collection before it deteriorated. This little tree was mine, then his, […]

Patience for Progress

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 | 3 Comments
Patience for Progress

Bonsai can be a slow, sometimes frustrating hobby. But sometimes both delight and frustration can come from the same source. One of the first trees I ever bought was this small exposed-root Japanese Black Pine, I obtained it in the fall of 2003. It’s a slant, or semi-cascade, depending on how you look at it. […]

Slant Black Pine

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 | 3 Comments
Slant Black Pine

This is one of my original black pine batch, from 2006. In this case I don’t think I put enough movement into the tree when it was younger. The current result is a tree that has a very nice base, but no curves or twists. I had been planning all along to remove the sacrifice […]

A Shohin Cascade Black Pine

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 | No Comments
A Shohin Cascade Black Pine

This little pine is from my 2009 batch of seedlings. It was one that my friend and traveling companion for my 2008 visit to Kokufu-ten has been caring for for quite some time. While I was in Japan I bought a couple bags of seeds from a guy at the Green Club who sold mostly […]

A Redwood with Two Fronts

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 | No Comments
A Redwood with Two Fronts

When I started in bonsai one of my first teachers was Tim Kong. Tim is a nice guy, and crazy about collecting both in the urban environment and in the coastal mountains. He never had much interest in the high mountain trees. His passion could have centered around redwood trees; he had many others but […]

Eleven Years’ Progress

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 | No Comments
Eleven Years’ Progress

I had a recent comment asking what I was up to when blogging back in 2003. I had some bonsai back then but I was worrying mainly about remodeling my house. But, some of the photos from my 2003 blog are the only photos that I have remaining after a computer crash in 2005 that […]

A little “Arroyo Willow”

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 | No Comments
A little “Arroyo Willow”

Some trees are big and powerful, some are small and subtle. Some trees are established bonsai species and then some just accidentally happen. This little tree volunteered in a pot in my yard a few years back. At first I thought it was a weed, but as it grew a little I realized that it […]