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Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

Ezo Spruce Forest Styling-

January 18, 2017

As the last photo will attest, this tree was styled during quite cold weather…the windows in the studio had very interesting fractal ice patterns last week. The Ezo itself has been a bonsai a long time, I’m not clear on the provenance of the tree beyond that it’s about 35 years old, sporting some older […]

Snow Care for Bonsai-

Snow Care for Bonsai-

January 12, 2017

Here’s a short video we did during a major snowstorm here in Portland, Oregon. We don’t get much snow here, really, an inch or two is about it, so trees are outdoors for the most part. When we get more snow…we need to remove it or we can end up with broken branches. The trick […]

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

Introducing Andrew Robson: New Apprentice

January 6, 2017

Only a couple weeks out of graduate school, Andrew Robson began his apprenticeship at Crataegus Bonsai in Portland. He’s been here since June 2016. Andrew’s background is in music, with a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school there he performed at the New York Philharmonic’s New Music Biennial, among other […]


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