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Shore Pine…on a Metal Post…

Shore Pine…on a Metal Post…

March 21, 2017

For a few years I didn’t know what to do with this tree. I’d collected it with Anton Nijhuis on Vancouver Island, Canada, and remembered all too well the long, thick, stick-like root that would make putting it in a small pot one of forcing it to be there. Which isn’t a happy solution. So it […]

Old Project Revisit and New Project Teaser…

Old Project Revisit and New Project Teaser…

March 11, 2017

This massive Ponderosa pine was repotted this week into its first bonsai pot. It had been in a box for about 6 years so the root growth was pretty impressive. We’d grafted it with Black pine a few years back. This photo is from 2015, perhaps some of you remember this, it was a graft […]

Bonsai Fundamentals Course—Now Available for Viewing-

Bonsai Fundamentals Course—Now Available for Viewing-

February 26, 2017

My year long project with Oscar Jonker of Bonsai Empire is finally (whew!) available. This was really a lot of fun to do. Last summer we went to Japan to film at my teacher’s garden, so there are some really eye-bugging trees in it, and then I also spent months crafting the three hours of […]


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