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Wiring Prep: All At Once Or Piecemeal?

Wiring Prep: All At Once Or Piecemeal?

July 6, 2019

This is a question that dogged me in my early years… Do we clean out and trim shoots over the whole tree before we wire? Or do it branch by branch as we wire? Being a huge fan of simplifying, it made sense to me to do all one thing first and then move on […]

Rocky Mountain Juniper: Alternative Methods

Rocky Mountain Juniper: Alternative Methods

June 25, 2019

The styling of any yamadori juniper assumes the bending of old wood, and only in unusual circumstances can one avoid this. The tree featured here, collected by Randy Knight, was one such outlier. During the early years after collection some young shoots grew inside and near the trunk. I spoke with my client about an alternative […]

The Art of Micro-Positioning

The Art of Micro-Positioning

June 11, 2019

Many of us started out the same way—with all our bonsai benches in full sun, or all of them tucked under the shade of a massive tree. Too little love or too much. Either way after witnessing some bonsai getting grumpier we ponder where else we might put them. And that is the beginning of […]