Thursday, May 1, 2014

Suthin Demo at BSSJ!

Hey everyone...I hope you all got home safely thru the major rain Wednesday evening. Here in Eastern Pa. we had 5 inches!
I believe we had about 1/2 of our club members in attendance at the demo. Quite a turn-out, especially considering the rain...
Anyway...I have had many positive comments on Suthin, and how he demonstrates and works.
This exceptional artist combines teaching, styling, easy-going clean tree work, and comedy...which made for a very entertaining evening. Many new lessons learned, and from a slim-trunked, full-foliaged Hinoki, a beautiful bonsai lady emerged.

Jay Burton presided over raffle tickets, and one lucky BSSJ member was rewarded with a super-nice tree!
Congrats to Andrew DuBrul!
So here are some highlights from the evening...enjoy!
Suthin, ready to start!         

...while Rob was thinking about the Flyers 7th game...

Suthin quizzed the club about where the "front" should be...
 ...and once this was figured out (and why), Suthin began to remove excess foliage. Some wound up in some very strange places!

...and all had a good chuckle!
...Suthin proceeded to apply wire to the remaining foliage... the members watched, and asked questions...a treat to see such a talented artist at his best!

 ...The tickets were sold, and...WE HAD A WINNER! Congrats to Andrew DuBrul, and his beautiful Hinoki!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Woodstock VII With Walter Pall and Jim Doyle

Spring is finally here after a crushing brutal winter.
With Spring the bonsai activities start in earnest. One of these first activities is the annual Woodstock festival, where Walter Pall visits Natures Way nursery in Harrisburg Pa., for an intensive 3-day bonsaifest.

Of course, Natures Way has probably the largest array of wonderful collected trees on the East Coast of the US, so getting the chance to work on collected yamadori is a special treat! SOme of the trees we worked were upwards of 300-500 years old.

BSSJ had (3) folks present on Friday, and (4) on Saturday. Was not there today, so can not report on the folks or work...

So following are pix of the work, the people, and of course...the trees!