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Monday, April 21, 2008

Fat Little Ponderosa Pine

Here is a nice little ponderosa pine that I have been working on for about 3 years now. Trunk at the soil line is about 6" and the tree is about 22" tall.
As collected in 2005

Oct. 2006 I did the intial styling... still in big mica pot. This image is my avatar on a few bonsai forums...I just liked the sky in the background... looks kinda cool.
This brings us to today, April 2008.... time for some more work. With the beverage of choice for scale. In a Chinese pot, potted in early 2007.
Some branch bending, with some really cool branch benders. I love it when one can employ tools!
Close up of the rock that the tree has grown over.... natural root over rock.
After a complete re-style... A new front was choosen that would show the best trunk movement. This meant all branching had to me moved and complete re-style. In the end it will make for a much better tree. Over the next few years I will focus on backbudding and getting it into a new pot.
Old front after restyle.
New front after restyle.
I lost a little bit of the trunk girth at the soil line with this new front but now the trunk leans to the viewer and the movement is 10X better than before. Once in a new pot it will be even better. I am thinking that the back branch will be trimmed up getting rid of the foliage on the bottom right that you see now.

Literati Ponderosa Pine

Here is a little Ponderosa collected in cascades last year. It has excellent root growth and the buds look phenominal so it is ok to work on it now.....
Here it is after collection....

Something had to be done with the bottom 1/3 of the trunk. It is far to straight and I think a change in the planting angle is in order...
After work has been done.

What I like as the new front.....

The trunk goes away from you at the bottom but then comes back to the viewer at the top.
This angle also shows the best trunk movement, lichens and excellent bark. The foliage goes away from the viewer which I actully kinda like. Some branches will be cut off in time, but for now I decided to keep them until I put the tree in a nice pot.
About 36 inhes tall.

Hans Van Meer Workshops!

On Saturday May 3rd, 2008 Hans Van Meer will be making his first trip to America. I had the privilage of organizing his American tour and drumming up workshops to offset travel cost's. Between Oregon, Washington, Texas and Maryland he ought to get a look at America!

On May 3rd we will be having an all day event at Tsugawa's Nursery in Woodland Washington.

To learn more about Hans please visit his website and blog

Special thanks to Brian and Greg at Tsugawa's nursery!!

Hans and I will be working in my yard and the yard of Oregon Bonsai for a day or 2, I will post the work done here on my blog and I know Hans will be updating his blog throughout his trip.

Stay tuned..... :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Huge Ponderosa Pine

Here is a phenominal Ponderosa that is very large and clearly a good tree. It has been in a box or a pot for a few years now. Since it is super healthy I felt it was time to finally style the tree. A very good friend of mine was over and we worked on it. I had 2 style ideas for this tree and in the end I went with this..... the right choice.

This is just the intial styling and will dramatically change in the next couple of years. So for now we bent some very large and thick branches using rebar, guy wires, steel bars, and lots of very heavy gauge copper guy wires. Some branches were as thick or thicker as a grown mans bicep!
Here is a photo history of the tree from repotting last year to first styling Feb 2008.
Rich List working playing in the dirt!
Rich cleaning the root base..... either a big tree or he has very small hands!

Again, Rich cleaning roots....

Now that is a very large ponderosa!!
Front (note the beer bottle on the right edge of pot for size)


Now it is Feb 2008 and time to style. The buds are very healthy, needle color is excellent and there is a huge amount of new root growth.... time to bend!
I didn't get hardly any photos of actual work in progress, but I managed to get a few, I was too busy working to take pictures.
Finished for now!!!
Over the next few years it will fill in with new growth and become very full. I will be looking for the right pot to aquire so that I can repot in a few years. This ponderosa has seen a major transformation and is now on the path to becoming something very special.

Mt. Hemlock

Here is a Mt. Hemlock I took in on trade. It is a collected tree that was for sale in a landscape nursery. I had to cut the top 4 feet off when bringing it home so that it didn't stick up above my truck. That was fine since I knew this would be a small tree in no time.
This tree sat in my front yard in the nursery container for a few months before I worked on it. A very good friend of mine came to town and we worked on it one night while BBQ'n!
After the initial styling.....
This tree came out very good. This work was done at the beg. of Feb and now the buds are swelling and looking very good. While doing root work there was a good amount of new root growth.
In the future, more wirring and a better pot will be in order. For now, it is going to regain strength and look good on my bench.