Classroom Corner – Amazing shari…….

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – Amazing shari……..

………on this small Juniper……….now we need to sort out the foliage! The hollow trunk and shari work is really impressive on this yamadorii Juniper.

After being wired and styled the height of the tree has been reduced and the smaller foliage canopy is more in keeping with the trunk. We now have to concentrate on shaping the foliage clouds and making the foliage itself more compact.

Topical Times – Ian’s Juniper is finally styled

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Ian’s Juniper is finally styled

On a workshop last weekend I finally got round to styling Ian’s Juniper. It came out of the ground 12 months ago and basically had been allowed to grow freely this year.

Some initial pruning had been carried out to remove unwanted branches and encourage the tree to grow in the areas we wanted to use. Another thinning out had been made prior to wiring.

The tree had returned to the studio this week fully wired and with some refined deadwood. The initial styling was then carried out.

This tree has come a long way in twelve months and with those heavy low branches giving an imposing sense of maturity/age this is a tree to watch out for!

Latest News – Class availability September/October(Updated)

September

Wed 20th        Midweek workshop         2 places

October

Sun 1st           Open workshop              Sold out

Wed 4th          Midweek workshop         3 places

Sat 7th            Junipers two                   1 place

Sun 8th           Open workshop              Sold out

Sat 14th          Open workshop             5 places

Wed 18th       Midweek workshop         3 places

Sat 21st          Open workshop              1 place

Sat 28th         Deadwood/Carving         Sold out

Sun 29th        Open workshop              Sold out

 

Studio Stories – Two of Keith’s Junipers wired and styled

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Two of Keith’s Junipers wired and styled

These two Junipers had been in Keith’s collection for many years. They were now ready for restyling.

After spending considerable time wiring every branch, including fine shoots Keith brought his trees to the studio for branch positioning.

It was a pleasure to be involved in taking these two great trees to their next level.

Classroom Corner – Stan’s Juniper Ittogawa

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – Stan’s Juniper Ittogawa

Stan fetched this tree to a recent Wednesday workshop. It had grown so well it was now like a bush again. It had lost its shape.

I set about removing branches I didn’t think we would need and Stan cleaned out the foliage ready for wiring.

Two weeks later the tree returned and was now completely wired. It was a case of repositioning all the branches……this was quite a detailed wiring.

Next year the foliage can be pruned and compacted more during the growing season whilst retaining the trees health and vigour.

What a difference a couple of weeks can make in the life of a tree. It has regained its shape and once again looks really well….this is undoubtedly a fine Juniper bonsai.

Topical Times – Pruning to control growth.

A regular update on the life and times of John Hanby’s Newstead Bonsai Centre……..

Topical Times – Pruning to control growth.

These three trees were all brought to classes recently……two Privets and a Trident Maple. They had all put on good growth since the last time I saw them a few months ago.

Like most trees they are apical dominant but we are trying to thicken the lower branches. I now had another opportunity to prune the trees and control the growth directing it to areas where it was required.

Branches at the top were pruned back the hardest whilst lower branches which we needed to be thicker were generally left unchecked. Any new growth we get towards the end of the season will be in the right areas and the trees are virtually pruned ready to start next year.

If you don’t control growth throughout the season you finish up having to prune away a lot of unnecessary foliage……energy and time is wasted!

 

Studio Stories – Student John’s Juniper Pfitzeriana

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….
Studio Stories – Student John’s Juniper Pfitzeriana

This Juniper has recently attended two classes in the studio and you can certainly see a difference.

On the first visit we discussed the tree and it’s possibilities. I pruned away all the branches that I thought we would not require. John then had to take the tree home to be wired. This included some raffia and longitudinal wires on the main trunk as we envisaged some serious bending being required.

On the second visit, with most of the wiring completed I was able to set about positioning all the branches hoping to bring the foliage much closer to the trunk. The result is quite a dramatic change.

This tree has a very impressive substantial trunk with interesting deadwood and Shari. The foliage silhouette is now much more compact and in keeping with the nature of the trunk. This tree has a great future to look forward to!

Memory Lane – Newstead 4, 2010…..a touch of colour!

Looking back….we can tell a tree’s story…..admire an image…..capture a moment…..remember a special event…..be inspired – to create a memory for tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this regular peep into some of John’s bonsai history.

Memory Lane – Newstead 4, 2010…..a touch of colour!

Newstead 4 in September 2010 was an amazing exhibition. There was such a variety of trees, both in conifers and deciduous species.

There was every shade of green you could imagine but there was also a subtle touch of colour……a touch of class!!

Classroom Corner – Dave’s root-on-rock Juniper!

An open window into the comings and goings of students and their trees attending our regular weekend and midweek bonsai classes under the ever watchful eyes of John Hanby.
Classroom Corner – Dave’s root-on-rock Juniper!

This planting was originally created by Nobutaka Sakuma at one of our Newstead Extravaganza events in 2008. The tree had arrived from Japan a few years before and the rock originated from Austria.

Considering how long the tree has been on the rock it is in excellent condition…….strong and healthy. In fact, aesthetically there is too much greenery for the trunk and the planting itself.

Discussing the tree with Dave as we proceeded several somewhat large branches had to be removed. The end result is a canopy more in proportion with both the trunk and the rock.

The superb movement in the trunk and the interesting shari are now exposed. Large stubs have been left for the creation of deadwood which may or may not be incorporated into the design.

The existing wire will now be removed. The tree can then be rewired and styled over the coming winter. Some more branches may yet have to be removed…….I look forward to it………the styling that is!!!