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A tiny shimpaku
A tiny shimpaku
A tiny shimpaku

The Grass is Always Greener

Sometimes things elsewhere look better than what you might have at your own disposal. This can do two things. One is you can become inspired and in turn try to improve your situation, or you can feel defeated and do nothing and...
 
 
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IMG_4391-retouch
IMG_4391-retouch
IMG_4391-retouch

A Theory of Style

When I first wrote this post I wanted it to serve as a sort of transition between the raw mechanics of bonsai and the artistic aspects. Many of the disciplines we may call art are actually a blend of science and art. I use cook...

 
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Set It On The Ground
Set It On The Ground
Set It On The Ground
 
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A blending of art and nature
A blending of art and nature
A blending of art and nature

A Blending of Art and Nature

If you were to ask a dozen different bonsai hobbyists what makes bonsai so special, you’d probably get a dozen, or more, different answers. Some look to the hobby as a calm, nurturing practice that establishes peace and tranqui...

 
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OMIYABONSAI Village
OMIYABONSAI Village
OMIYABONSAI Village
 
 
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Michael Feduccia
Michael Feduccia
Michael Feduccia

Michael Feduccia – Winner Joshua Roth New Talent Competition, ABS/BCI Convention 2012

While I was attending Bonsai in the Rockies ABS/BCI Convention in Denver, I found myself peering into the room where the Joshua Roth New Talent Competition was taking place. I wish when I was new to bonsai that I had the nerve ...

 
Humorous Fiction
 
_Bonsai_Tree_Finally_Dies_After_Four-Year_Battle_With_College_Student
_Bonsai_Tree_Finally_Dies_After_Four-Year_Battle_With_College_Student
_Bonsai_Tree_Finally_Dies_After_Four-Year_Battle_With_College_Student
 
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May2010Zelkova
May2010Zelkova
May2010Zelkova

The Seven States of Bonsai – Part Four

Recovery period of time between activities in which the tree is expending energy on healing and sealing wounds, or on regaining strength post damage. Once a tree has been worked over (especially its roots) leave it alone for se...

 
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Ponderosa4
Ponderosa4
Ponderosa4

The Seven States of Bonsai – Part Three

Stress effect of various impacts both intentional and not, on a tree. When stress turns into distress is where you have a problem. Almost everything we do to trees in bonsai horticulture is a form of stress. Knowing how far to ...
 
 
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scotspine
scotspine
scotspine

Seven States of Bonsai – Part Two

Reproduction development of fruit, seed pods, or cones on a tree. This usually happens during periods of active growth through to fall. Reproduction for a tree early in its development is mostly a negative thing. It is very imp...

 
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PonderosaPine-1
PonderosaPine-1
PonderosaPine-1

Seven States of Bonsai – Part One

following is a series of observations based on real world experience and study under the guidance of our teacher (Daniel Robinson) and others. Consider it, in a fashion, as an Intro to Bonsai Horticulture 101/102. This will not...
 
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Cookie Cutter?
Cookie Cutter?
Cookie Cutter?

Cookie cutter Japanese bonsai

I often hear the term ‘Cookie cutter’ thrown around from time to time when people are talking about Japanese bonsai. For those not familiar with the term, I believe it relates to people suggesting that certain bonsai seem to co...

 
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Harkaway-Larch-in-my-pot-MidA2011
Harkaway-Larch-in-my-pot-MidA2011
Harkaway-Larch-in-my-pot-MidA2011

Making A Large Wheel-Thrown Custom Bonsai Pot

I thought I would do a progressive photo article on making a LARGE round pot. A few years ago I received a commission for a round pot that would be the biggest I had thrown on a wheel up to that point. The customer gave me the ...
 
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Deadwood Dick carves deadwood in Deadwood By Andrew Smith
Deadwood Dick carves deadwood in Deadwood By Andrew Smith
Deadwood Dick carves deadwood in Deadwood By Andrew Smith

Deadwood Dick carves deadwood in Deadwood

Actually, he doesn’t. Deadwood Dick I mean. He’s dead, so he hasn’t carved much of anything lately. But he was a real historical Old West personage of Deadwood and he may have, or likely did, carve deadwood in Deadwood back in ...