At the Shohin workshop at the Bonsaiwerkstatt in Düsseldorf, Germany, we used the late Sunday part of the workshop to do some shohin presentations. There was a display rack available, and we used the trees already available through the workshop. So this was not a display by selected trees, but trying some displays with trees available.
It is valuable to set up some different displays, discussing sizes, directions and pot colours for practise and enlightenment. Trees were swapped to see the effect of it, and the discussions were open-minded but also influenced by personal preferences. As it should be. A display is a personal expression of the nature presented, and therefore we have different opinions about taste of colours and shapes i.e. The expression of the season is of great importance, but how we individually express this is different from each of us.
We discussed “rules” and guidelines, and I sensed that we agreed that there are few rules and much freedom to express the beauty of nature with a personal feeling. I will recommend to do this more often. Bring everything along, try different presentations with small or big changes, and discuss what works and what doesn’t.
Flowering Shohin-bonsai are a challenge for many Shohin-bonsai growers. The shaping of flowering and/or fruit bearing trees or shrubs are most often deeply connected with the nature of the flowering tree. Fruits or berries are the outcome of flowers; therefore … Continue reading →
The past weekend November 23 and 24 I teached at a Shohin-bonsai workshop at the Bonsaiwerkstatt in Düsseldorf, Germany. 9 dedicated Shohin enthusiasts took part with great enthusiasm and very fine quality shohin and pre-bonsai. A lot of good stuff … Continue reading →
Monday we had another of our group meetings in Fuchi Bonsai http://www.fuchi-bonsai.com It is a very small group with my two friends Torben Pedersen and Johnny Eslykke. We meet every month for joy and bonsai workshop. We also arrange some … Continue reading →
The technique shown in the pictures here and below, is usable for younger trees started as seedlings or cuttings. To develop a good nebari (surface roots) and trunk thickening at deciduous trees like Japanese maples or as shown here, European … Continue reading →