Return of ‘The Fish’…

…which could either be a salmon returning up a river, or simply a bad movie title…?

It’s neither. The Fish is yet another convenient, somewhat silly, ‘name’ for a Rocky Mountain Juniper that was featured here over a year ago when it was first styled. We did a three-part, real-time posting of it back then:

We let The Fish grow for a year to gain a bit of momentum for repotting this spring. It’s been an odd coincidence that whenever we have a big project going on, Matt Reel shows up in the studio. I don’t recall any organization about it, but he arrives promptly when something is about to happen. Hope you enjoy the photos!


Bobby Curttright taking apart the box of The Fish…


…and beginning root work. The styling of this tree left the box at a ridiculous angle, so the rootwork was rather invasive on the right side.


The approximate inclination and position of the tree prior to tying it in.


Matt in stripes, Bobby in solids. Something is amiss.


Bamboo helps to hold down the large raised root mass.


We didn’t get a final shot of The Fish, so this will have to do. It has filled out since the initial styling, and definitely needs some reworking after it gets established. That right branch in particular was tucked behind the box and was never really set properly.

To finish the post today, here are a few photos from our last Winter Seasonal, featuring three students from British Columbia, Canada-


A few of the projects in last week’s Winter Seasonal: A juniper…


…a Ponderosa Pine…


…Shore Pine…


…another Ponderosa Pine…


…and a Japanese Maple. Thanks for coming to the Seasonal, folks!

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  1. Ron Scarborough says:

    Wonderful, thanks for sharing with us!:)

  2. Don Erickson says:

    Good thing the shirts don’t change the ability! Love seeing the work on these trees.

  3. Tony Tickle says:

    Reblogged this on Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle and commented:
    Nice project from Michael

  4. minxuslynxus says:

    Loved seeing the tree yoga and the fish in a box. Wonderful work!

  5. backcountrydan says:

    At least he was back in his stripes for the shore pine.

    All very nice trees! And great work as always!! 🙂

  6. Ray says:

    Very nice tree! Was wire holding in the long strip of bamboo or just under the lip og the pot?

    Looks like the students did a great job.

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