Monthly Archives: June 2009

Heavy Bending in Bonsai Intensive

Here is a tree that belongs to Boon. In the intensive classes you get to do more advanced work on Boon’s trees, if he thinks you are ready. This  is going to be one of those courage-bends. Below you see a nice-enough tree, but Boon wanted a severe bend to bring the foliage a lot lower.

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Rory and John C are two experienced intensive students, so they got the prep-job on the tree before they all cooperated in the bending. bonsai 5,6-09 007

Below, when the sawdust must fly, give the job to a student. Sawdust is a good look for John.

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The bending was done with tools that Boon had brought back from Japan. The Japanese call the tools below “Jackie”.

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Below is the finished bend. It will take about 2-3 years for the tree to add enough wood for the bend to hold. In the fall, an intensive student will get the job of wiring this tree.

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Western Juniper Bonsai

bonsai 5,6-09 036The intensive students just flew in from points across North America. Henry flew in from Florida. Here he has finished the first wiring on a Western Juniper. ..and it looks like he is eyeing the needed jin-work on the apex. Like the first styling of many trees, it looks a bit bare. But one great quality of a Western Juniper is that it will fill out and become full in a relatively short time.

(Henry was also the owner of the button wood in an earlier post.)