Saturday, April 20, 2013

BSSJ Boyz Work with Ryan Neil & Peter Warren

Some of the South Jersey Boyz attended the Friday Workshops at 2013 Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Festival. Doc Stone worked on a really nice pine hybrid, with Peter Warren, shown here at beginning of the workshop.

Doc is intent on catching every nuance
of the information Peter Warren is providing...

First task is to clean the tree, and start going over the material by examining the base. This is where one ALWAYS starts.
Next things to look over:
- trunk and the movement;
- special features, like jins, shari, bark quality, hollows, etc.
- branch placement;
- Apex;
- lastly, any flaws in the tree which must be fixed, featured or removed.

This turned out to be a great starter tree! It will provide many years of enjoyment while refining and styling.

Doc is happy!

Here is one of the Larch workshop trees. It was grown in Maine and purchased for this workshop for about $80.
After some settling in when Ryan arrived, Mac chose this one to work, at my suggestion.

Ryan agrees...this is probably the best of the batch!

Ryan points out some of the features of the tree for Mac to pay attention to...

...and a little help from the young Master...

...checking intermediate results...

Mac will have some major work to complete the initial styling, but this tree will be a future star in his collection!


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