After last weeks very busy night , this week was much quieter with only five visitors and no trees.So with Ken M not at his best he had the night off, but his Yew did'nt as I added a bit more wire and started to move some of tbe fine branches into position.
The bottom left side.
I got a few branches done on the right as well, but still a long way to go.
I will not show how many branches I cut off in case Ken happens to look at my blog.
Just joking ken , get well soon.
It was a nice night but cold with the moon showing itself quite brightly.
A very full night with nine visitors in all, four of them arrived with Len G who was in the area and called in with three friends, one being Dev from Carlisle who wants to get into Bonsai, so Len brought him over to meet us.
I think we will see quite a bit of Dev, who is seen standing just behind Len, as he seems very keen to learn more about our passion for Bonsai.
Needless to say we did not have a lot of room in the studio to work, but we had a really good natter.
When we got a little more room we started on Ken's Yew which he left last week.But all we achieved was to do a little thinning out.
As this photo shows we took a lot of heavy branches fron the crown to thin it out, now all we have to do is wire some of the smaller branches down and form a new crown.
I hope to do some more work through the week ahead but I will have to leave some for Ken to do next Monday night.More pics next week.
Today was the first novice workshop of 2013 at Willowbog bonsai and it was well attended by eight students. Six of them were repeat attendees and two new comers .There were also quite a lot of tree's that needed attention of sorts, some for styling, some for potting and some for advice.
A general view of the workshop in progress.
Anthony getting some advice on potting from Mr Snart with Peter G and John B in the background busy working on their own tree's.
The two newbies, both called Dave I believe, having a discussion.
Ian, doing a first pot into a training pot.
A taxus belonging to another Dave, this time the one from Penrith,about to start it's new life as a Bonsai.
With a bit of Jin work and some guy wires we can see the new shape forming.
Dave also bought this Juniper, and after a good clip out we also started it on it's journey into a Bonsai.
Finally a couple of shots of a Chinese Juniper, also belonging to Dave.
Here we go once more, the first novice workshop at Willobog bonsai in 2013 is tomorrow. I am looking forward to it as this time of year is sort of inbetween, a little to early to repot unless you can keep frost free,also the tree's have not yet started to grow.
A photo of one of last years workshops.
I will post a report tomorrow night,so look back then to see how it went.
I have borrowed these two videos of the Ryan Neil lectures on pines at Willowbog from Bonsai Eejits blog.I hope he does not mind.These videos are brilliantly edited and produced and can only thank Ian for all his hard work.
The information imparted by Ryan on these videos is remarkable.
Another lovely summer's night for my natter night, windy and threatening rain, only thing was it was cold as well,so it can't be summer.Four visitors came with two trees so we kept quite busy, wiring, clipping and creating deadwood.
First one a Fir of unknown variety, belonging to Ken M.
About two years ago Ken was going to dump this tree as he thought it had no prospect of becoming a bonsai,but we decided to wire the main branches and pull them down then gave it a clip and left it to grow. Last year we had another go at it and left it to recover once again.
Now after reworking it is really starting to take shape.
This next photo show's Tony W creating deadwood on his multi trunk Cotoneaster.
He had to leave before I got another photo, but I will get a better one next time.
We also watched the two videos the Bonsai Eejit has of the Ryan Neil lectures on Pines, if you have not seen them yet check them out they are very good and informative.