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 – Beginners Two November 2nd 2013
A couple of weeks ago we held the second of our Beginners Part Two course. Such was the demand that not only did we have to fit in the extra dates but on this particular class we had 10 participants instead of the usual 8.
We never know which pieces of raw material our students will use until they arrive on the day and make their selection. This time most students opted for pines but you will find a juniper and a spruce.
After a brief general introduction it was straight down to work……discussing possible styles…….making decisions and removing branches……..wiring and creating deadwood with the excellent help of Derek and Ian.
Once each tree is fully wired I can then help with the branch positioning and styling.
With one of my helpers missing and two extra students it looked like being a really long day but everyone worked well and Derek and Ian simply excelled themselves……..10 trees wired and styled………practicalities discussed……….and an early finish at 3.30pm.
I think everyone enjoyed their day with us and when you look at the results of their endeavours below it’s easy to understand why!