Classroom Corner – Case Study….Ians Juniper Squamata (1)

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 – Case Study….Ians Juniper Squamata (1)

Case Study is a new feature you will find cropping up in several of my blogs. This is a pictorial record of a students tree over a period of time.

It gives you the opportunity to see how we go about developing our trees. The pictures were taken when the tree was brought to a class at my bonsai school.

Sometimes we work on the tree during a class session sometimes I just give the student advice on what to do next. The student does his work and then brings the tree back to another class when he is ready for further advice.

This Juniper has come such a long way in less than 12 months. The first pictures were taken on December 18th 2016 when we started work on the tree on our Christmas Special class.

The trunks have since been extensively carved whilst the branches have been wired prior to styling. The last pictures were taken recently on 4th November when the shari area was widened to take account of the tree narrowing it’s live veins. The bark to be removed was first marked with chalk.

Topical Times – Heathrow Bonsai Show Demo 2017

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

Topical Times – Heathrow Bonsai Show Demo 2017

The Heathrow Show took place this year on Sunday 22nd October and with over 30 clubs exhibiting and over 30 traders this was quite an event. Mark and Ming Moreland must take great credit for how this show has grown from year to year.

Mark had kindly invited me to demonstrate at the show. In the morning session I created a raft planting on a rock using a Juniper Communis. In the afternoon I gave a lecture using Juniper Bonsai at various stages of development.

You will find some before and after pictures of the morning demo below. If you want to see a video of the creation and also some videos from the afternoon session you will find links on my Facebook page.

 

Studio Stories – My Kiyohime Maple

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 – My Kiyohime Maple 

You may recall that in an earlier blog this year we detailed the history of this tree. How it had suffered from frost damage as a garden tree and almost died.

I had resurrected the tree and been growing it in a large Bonsai pot. In Spring this year I repotted it into this new shallow cream container. The tree has done good!

Today I took off the remaining leaves, cut off all the dead pruning snags, and carried out a light pruning of the fine twigs where necessary. You can definitely see signs of improvement and refinement in this tree.

I hope this good progress will continue on his journey to the next level. It’s good to photograph your trees each year at this time so you can compare and monitor their progress.

The first three pictures were taken in Spring, the middle three were taken in June and the last three were taken in November…..all 2017.

Memory Lane – Christmas Special December 2012

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 – Christmas Special December 2012

Every year I try and do a Christmas Special for students and in 2012 the selected trees were small shohin size Ittogawa Junipers.

Each tree was discussed, thinned out, and branches were selected. The trees were then wired and given their first styling.

Wonder how they are doing today?

Classroom Corner – All in a days work!

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 – All in a days work!

A few before and afters from a recent Sunday workshop. For some deciduous trees it was a chance to carry out some autumn pruning to correct this year’s growth. This includes a Maple, pear tree, and a Potentilla.

The small Privet had become very dense and needed a really thorough cleaning out. The Cedrus Atlantica was wired and styled.

The pines were pruned ready to be wired over the winter……and in one case we decided to cut the top off to get a better line and a more compact tree.

Topical Times – My Sagaretia visits the academy!

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

Topical Times – My Sagaretia visits the academy!

During a recent session of one of my academy groups I introduced my own Sagaretia for discussion and pruning.

The tree was repotted in the spring and has grown really well during the summer having already been extensively pruned. In addition to the routine pruning required now a substantial branch hanging low at the front of the tree was also removed.

Studio Stories – Pruning….. a Midweek workshop!

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 – Pruning….. a Midweek workshop 

Interesting mix of material turned up at a recent midweek workshop and included the trees below. All of them required some autumn pruning!

The dwarf honeysuckle Lonicera had been allowed to grow freely and now required some definition. Extended shoots were selected and pruned back to a basic structure. This will now form the framework for next year’s growth and allow branches and foliage clouds to be developed. To a large degree this tree benefits from being treated almost like topiary.

The Cedar is developing really well and was pruned back in anticipation of wiring. This next wiring should really define this tree and show a good image.

The small half cascade Blue Carpet Juniper has a lovely intertwining live vein and shari. Once again it was lightened and pruned ready for wiring.

This small needle Pine is probably variety Zuisho. It stands now without wire and was pruned to refine its appearance. You can see how much was pruned out but this is almost like a “spot the difference puzzle”……can you see where it came from? Excellent tree!

Memory Lane – Yamadorii Larch January 2013

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 – Yamadorii Larch January 2013

This was one of two large Larch Bonsai that we had for sale. They had been collected on the Alps.

After a general pruning the tree was totally rewired……as you can imagine…..a lot of detailed work. The deadwood on the shari was opened up and improved at the same time.

When you see how the tree looks when it is starting to leaf out you realise just how worthwhile it is to do this work!