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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Hans Mt. Hemlock

Well, Hans van Meer has come and gone from my house. Let me tell you, he is one of the nicest, funniest people I have ever met!! I had such a great time with him and I am honored to have been the one to get him to the states for his first visit. Hopefully this will be the first of many trips to come.
We had a great time working on trees, drinking beer, shooting pool and working on trees, haha! He is a very talented artist and I am sure will be come one of the best in all of Europe very soon. Here is a tree that we worked on together in my yard.
It is a Mt. Hemlock, has about a 6"+ trunk and stands about 30" tall. It is an amazing local bonsai master told me it was a junk tree.....I collected it because I saw this tree in it. My original vision had a different apex, I like the one Hans designed better!!
It was fun working with Hans, and I was able to learn from him. A good time was had by all.... Hans loved this tree.....
Before any work

Hans working away!

Finished for now..

Hans is done for the day!
This Mt Hemlock has amazing bark, a killer deadwood top that is older than I am and now a wonderful shape to it. This tree just goes to prove that sometimes "Masters" are even wrong! Better pictures of this tree will be posted in the coming weeks....