A Few Pots Just Out of the Kiln

It has been a while between posts about my attempts to make bonsai pots and that is because of the Covid 19 crisis however recently potting has resumed and this is the first lot out since the resumption.

I think I am getting a little better at this pot making stuff and some of them are OK. I hope you enjoy.

An earthy pot for a Australian native shohin
A slightly more traditional pot but there is an Australian native also destined for this pot
A look at the inside of the last pot
Perhaps a literati would look OK in this one?

Back to the Display Stands

It has been a while since I posted a photo of some of the display stands I have been making. These are all made of pre-loved timber and I am certainly not a master craftsman but these stands are good for local exhibitions and the like.

I will post a few over the coming days.

These two were made to be displayed together in a Chuhin three point display that never eventuated but I still have the stands.

Crab Apple

This crab apple is a very large bonsai. I dug it in 2016 so that is four years out of the ground and it is finally ready for the styling process to start. It has had a few bits of work done to it but the branching and ramification work has not started properly yet.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have branches because it has, but the thickening and further development is in the very early stages.. Its history is simple, dug in 2016, chainsaw trimmed in 2017, preliminary carving done in 2018 and now it is time to put the wheels in motion.

Over the coming years I am hoping that the carved areas will be further defined, the branches will thicken and the ramification of the branches will develop.

In spring this tree starts with reddish leaves and beautiful flowers. As the season progress the leaves turn green and then yellow in the autumn. It flowers and fruits well so there is an expectation that it will look great in a few years as all the attributes are there.

I will let it grow “untrimmed” this year and there will be another post about it when it looks more mature.

For now, this is it.

It is difficult to take a good photo of a really large bonsai because I can’t lift it so these photos were taken “in situ” so please excuse the poor angles.

The flowers about to come out
And a photo with the standard size comparison device

Yamadori Trees 2020

I have been a bit quiet in posting recently and that is mainly due to me being busy digging a few new trees. I think some are good with real potential and a few that were taken so I could get to the target tree but all in all it has been a fun winter time getting a few new projects in the backyard.

None of these trees will have any work done to then now for a year or two but that will mean I have something to look forward to over the coming years.

A few photos of the trees dug.

English oak – I’m sure it had more movement in the trunk when I dug it?
Wild plum – it has a thousand thorns that I must deal with!
Prunus – probably a plum.
Small ash – great bark!
Hedge trimmed trident maple
Cotoneaster – when I go on digs I look for trees with movement in the trunk, and I hold out great hope for this one.