Taunton & Somerset Bonsai Club Workshop 19 September 2015

Notes on the experimental  workshop meeting organised by Adrian and kindly hosted by Andy and Howard which also raised some funds for the club and is hopefully the first of more of these events

 Rob’s, Scots Pine
This old pine has a lovely trunk and there were
two clear possibilities for the front. The Bonsai 1main problem was a cluster of branches in the top of the tree which also resulted in a thick lump of trunk near the top. The lowest branch at the back was also presenting a problem. In the end, after much discussion, we chose this as the front

Bonsai 2We thinned the top to leave a single leader and carved away most of the ugly stump to make a small and hopefully natural-looking jin in the top of the tree.
You will see that we have also trimmed and thinned out all of the branches to reveal the structure of the tree.

In doing so it became clear that the ugly lowest
branch at the back had to go, leaving the Bonsai 3first branch emerging very nicely from the outer curve of the trunk. This branch was wired down with an anchor wire and the remaining main branches also wired into shape. The small jin at the top of the trunk can now be seen.

Rob’s plan now is to encourage back-budding to form better foliage pads, and perhaps to find a suitable pot.

Brian’s, Field Maple

Bonsai page 2 pic 1Brian was convinced that there was a decent tree in here somewhere. He just needed some help to find it! Difficult to see in this photo, but the roots were also a bit of a tangle and some clearly needed to go.

After a good deal of turning and tilting we found a nice trunk line.

022eFollowing some thinning of the many shoots, a nice image began to emerge. Brian also decided that repotting was needed in order to sort out the roots.

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A little wiring and the tree is now placed in a new pot. Brian couldn’t quite achieve the drastic change in planting angle in one go – it needs to lean a little more to the right. But a lovely little tree has emerged from the mass of branches in a very short time.

Jon’s, Douglas Fir

Jon had a fairly clear idea about this tree, having
clearly done some jinning and wiring Page 3 pic 1previously. He wanted to develop the tree further during the workshop and decided to extend the “lightning strike” right down to the base of the trunk.

Jon stripped away bark to extend the shari and wired
the branches into more well defined Page 3 pic 2pads. He also shortened the left “prong” of the top jin to make it look less like a catapult.

Now he needs to find a decent pot!

Jon’s Tree – The Sequel
Always the perfectionist Jon just couldn’t stop there, unlike Masterchef when ‘Stop Cooking’ ends the day Jon soon carried on for another three hours, wiring and repotting his tree. With all this work done his Douglas Fir is now well  on the way to being the tree that Jon was striving for when he first started this workshop. Jons tree

Roger’s, Beech
This lovely old beech just needs a bit of attention to bring

out the best in it. It has become aPge 4 pic 1 little straggly, the rootbase is hidden by a jungle of ferns and the hollowed trunk is difficult to see. Nothing drastic was needed, just refinement and tidying up.

Page 4 pic 2A closer view of the hollowed trunk.

A couple of hours later the superb root-base can be seen,
the branch structure is less Page 4 pic 3cluttered and with more light getting in, the deadwood in the trunk shows off nicely. Roger ought to show this tree at Willowbrook next year!

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