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2 Wiring Tips for Improving your Technique

Nearly every bonsai enthusiast is always trying to improve their technique.  After looking at trees in books, we would all like to know how to accomplish some of the things that many renowned bonsai masters accomplish. Here are two tips that I’ve learned while apprenticing and teaching that have done wonders for improving trees. 1.  Wiring: Solid Anchors – This is a technique that you must master.  If...

Benefits of Joining a Bonsai Club

What are the benefits of joining a bonsai club?  Bonsai clubs are great way to meet people who share the same interest in the art.  One of the main benefits is improving your own skill and technique.  Many clubs will feature demonstrations or workshops by well known artists around the country.  However, the best way to learn is through collaboration with other members.  Everybody has a different vision for a...

A Morning as a Bonsai Apprentice.

In California, we do things a little differently than in Japan.  We’re fortunate that our days aren’t grueling but enjoyable. We arrive early in the morning at the bonsai nursery and begin our set up for the day including laying out bonsai wire, preparing tables and turntables.  During a cold morning, we’ll sit around with a nice cup of coffee and discuss bonsai shows and upcoming events. ...

Why do Bonsai?

I was recently talking with friends and they asked my why I was so into bonsai.  Why would someone spend 5 hours to wire a tree, or wait years to develop a branch?   Thinking back when I first started, I didn’t quite understand it either.  Curious to see what others thought, I asked my fellow club members and students.  We all came to same conclusion. Enjoying bonsai is a therapeutic and stress relieving...

Working with your Tree’s Roots: The Right Tools for the Job

Working with your tree’s roots is sometimes a neglected task.  Most enthusiasts will concentrate on the foliage and trunk.  However, well maintained roots always lead to healthy foliage.  Below are some of the essential tools we use when working with our bonsai tree’s roots. Repotting Stick: During repotting season, the repotting stick is THE most often used tool.  When you remove the tree from a...

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