Stones from the River

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 | One Comment
Stones from the River

I recently went for a weekend excursion to the southern reaches of the state of Jefferson. (never hear of it?!?) On the recommendation of a friend I was there looking into the river stones, amid having some fun hiking and playing in the water. Camping is a great time for me and mixing it with […]

Rocks for Bonsai

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 | No Comments
Rocks for Bonsai

When I started a batch of Japanese Black Pine seedlings in March of 2006 I had only some inclination of what I wanted to do with them. When the trees were two years old the critical period of determining the eventual style of the tree came. During this time period in a young pine’s life […]

Always propagating!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 | No Comments
Always propagating!

If you think that you can make great bonsai from nursery stock alone then you’re among the many people that will be making mediocre trees. You can spend a lifetime making a bonsai tree, so if you start from a place where you can’t ultimately end up with a good tree then you are robbing […]

Thoughts on Tools

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 | No Comments
Thoughts on Tools

I’ve had a lot of people ask me questions about what tools to buy after teaching bonsai basics classes. The answer is not as simple as one might hope, so here are some recommendations based on my own experiences. Different people use tools differently so I’d recommend handling tools of people at club meetings with […]

Exposed Root pine #1

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 | One Comment
Exposed Root pine #1

In February of 2006 I started a hundred ┬áJapanese Black Pine seeds on their way to being bonsai. I had previously started a batch of Knobcone pines the prior spring┬ábut they all ended up dead of pine pitch canker within the first year, apparently all the pines in my neighborhood are infected and the site […]

Yamadori-Style Juniper Projects – details and examples

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 | No Comments
Yamadori-Style Juniper Projects – details and examples

While the theory behind producing Yamadori-style juniper bonsai is simple to explain, the process takes some time, and perhaps most importantly, perseverance. What if the most challenging aspect of bonsai growing is to remember your intentions eight years after you had the original idea? Luckily, the plant is there to remind us of what we […]

Designing Yamadori-Style Junipers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 | 3 Comments
Designing Yamadori-Style Junipers

While many amazing examples of juniper bonsai are created from trees collected from the wild, smaller trees of exceptional quality can be created by careful crafting of juniper cuttings over as little as 5-10 years. When thinking about creating a juniper bonsai we must consider the interesting characteristics of the species. Desirable juniper characteristics in […]

Yamadori Junipers – Inspiration for Bonsai

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 | 6 Comments
Yamadori Junipers – Inspiration for Bonsai

Even if you’ve had the chance to visit the mountains and experience the presence of a large yamadori juniper you may appreciate some thoughts and considerations on how a juniper grows and what makes them such great subjects for bonsai. A yamadori tree is a wild tree growing in the mountains and sculpted by nature. […]