Bonsai Museum

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At the Bonsaiwerkstatt is a bonsai museum in connection with the nursery. Mostly medium sized and larger bonsai are seen here, and worth a visit if you have the possibility. Werner Busch, the friendly and dedicated owner is presenting a special exhibition with an invited guest, three times every season, and at the days I was there (doing a Shohin workshop) the vernissage of the special exhibition took place with bonsai from Reinhard Dahm. Enjoy – because bonsai is also the beauty of larger trees ;-)

Workshop with Shohin at the Bonsaiwerkstatt

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So many trees done in such a short time. An enjoyable Shohin workshop weekend at the Bonsaiwerkstatt in Düsseldorf. Many good quality trees (both raw material and refined ones), was put on the table for discussion, fine refinements and heavy cutting back too. It is a pleasure being amongst so friendly people, working and having fun at the same time. Thanks to all, and I am very happy for your presents too. Look forward to be back.

Oooops…

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Almost April and then this. Thought it was springtime :-) Hov… hvor blev det forår af.

Shohin workshop Hamburg

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Two great days with shohin workshop in Hamburg. Trees styled and changed, and a special display workshop we managed too with good results and testing different set-ups. I was impressed by the engagement in both workshops. Everything organized by Reiner Kurps, and with very committed students in a relaxed atmosphere. As workshops should always be. Look forward to meet you another time.

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To dejlige Shohin-bonsai workshopdage i Hamburg, arr. af Reiner Kurps. Træer blev designet og arbejdet grundigt med, og der kom fine resultater ud af det. Jeg var imponeret over engagementet og lysten til at prøve opstillinger af, som alle kastede sig ud i selvom mange ikke havde prøvet det før. God stemning med hyggelige mennesker, som jeg håber at se igen en anden gang.

 

Spring status

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Spring is currently unstable – as always. Weather changes from warm to cold within few days, and back again. Typical, but still a bit disturbing. Trees are showing their willingness to grow, and the seasonal repotting is almost finished. Now the garden area has to be cleaned up after winter, being ready for the workshops and bonsai work ahead.

Bonsai at art exhibition / Bonsai på kunstudstilling

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Friday the vernissage of the solo exhibition of artist Ann-Lisbeth Sanvig will take place at Gallerie Rasmus in Odense, Denmark. The exhibition is powered up with flower decorations and bonsai to support the theme of the paintings. Flower decorations are made by Else Maria Andersen, and bonsai are exhibited by Morten Albek. / Ann-Lisbeth Sanvigs separat udstilling hos Gallerie Rasmus, Ny Vestergade 8, 5000 Odense har fernisering fredag den 13. februar fra 16-18. Else Maria Andersen understøtter maleriernes tema med blomsterdekorationer, og Morten Albeks bonsai supplerer.

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Vinter justering / Winter adjustments

December bonsai arbejde / December bonsai work.

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Lidt større end Shohin, denne Kifu størrelse Rhododendron lysolepsis har gennemgået nogle forandringer gennem årene. Træet blev startet i 2003, og oprindeligt var planen at lave et flerstammet træ. Det ændrede jeg dog relativt hurtigt til fordel for et mere enkelt design. De sidste 11 år har træet langsomt udviklet sig, og er modnet. Mange af grenene viser nu det ønskede udtryk af alder, som kun udvikles med tiden. Træet er nu nået et punkt hvor det ikke kan udvikles meget mere. Kun de små justeringer, som kan laves fra tid til anden vil udvikle træet som forbedres alene med alderen. / A little larger than Shohin, the Kifu sized Rhododendron lysolepsis, has taken some changes through time. It started out back in 2003 as a larger sized multiple trunk bonsai, but I quickly decided to make it more simple. The last 11 years it has slowly matured, and now also many of the branches has the wanted sign of ageing. This is a bonsai that has reached a point where it is no longer developed much. Only a few adjustments from time to time, and improving with age.

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Denne vinter har det vist sig at lidt for mange smågrene voksede på kryds af hinanden, og udover alm. vinterklargøring var det nødvendigt at rense ud i de krydsende grene som voksede skjult under løvet. Udrensningen af krydsende grene gav åbninger i træets krone som skal udfyldes af andre i foråret og sommeren, der kommer. Åbningen i kronen giver lys og luft mulighed for at nå de inderste grene, som vil danne nye skud og forynge væksten, og holde træet i den ønskede størrelse. / This winter it shoved a little too many crossing smaller branches, and needed a cleaning up as well. The task was to remove crossing branches grown hidden from vision inside the canopy. This left a few empty areas where other branches had to fill in. In spring when new growth starts this will fairly quickly happen. The openings in the canopy lets air and light reach inside of the branches, giving new life to the tree.

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Planen er at bevare flere åbninger i træets krone fremover, og derfor er et par ældre tykkere grene blevet nænsomt bøjet i nye positioner. Gamle grene som de her skal behandles meget varsomt, så de ikke lider skade. Det levende ved under barken skal helst kun strækkes og ikke ødelægges. Formgivningen har nu skabt en krone med mere dybde, og åbningerne skal bevares for at skabe et let udtryk. I løbet af næste vækstsæson, som starter om få måneder, vil det være vigtigt at sørge for at klippe og kontrollere den nye vækst så åbninger bevares. / It is the plan to keep more openings in the tree too, and therefore a few older branches where carefully lowered. Old branches like these needs careful handling, in order not to break the living tissue inside, but just stretching it. The action make a canopy with more openings and a lighter expression, also adding more depth to the tree. Next growing season starts in a few months, and it will be important to prune regularly to keep control of the new growth. 

After adjusting branches, December 2014.
After adjusting branches, December 2014.