90 Year-Old Black Pine Wired by Bobby Curttright-

This Japanese Black Pine, Pinus thunbergii, was wired by Bobby Curttright. Bobby has been my apprentice for over 2 1/2 years now, and his wiring is becoming quite accomplished. The necessary fine attention to detail reaches a level of nerd-dom with the best wire wranglers. He’s been a quick study with it, and his organization and placement continue to build layers of complexity.


Black Pine wired by Bobby Curttright, 16″ / 41 cm.

Bobby managed this Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii) for the past year, which means decandling in spring, selecting shoots and needles in the fall, and then wiring in the dormant season. About a year ago I did a major pruning on the tree. But since that time I’ve not touched it and it’s been Bobby’s project.


Bobby (in stripes, naturally) for a Village photo shoot.


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  1. Wood says:

    Great job Bobby!!

  2. backcountrydan says:

    Awesome work Bonsai Bandit!

  3. backcountrydan says:

    I love the low back branch. it makes this one a bit more unique. 🙂

  4. Al Polito says:

    Fine work! Refined without looking contrived.

  5. Ray says:

    Nice job Bobby. You have a great teacher in Michael Hagedorn.
    Beautiful little pine

  6. Margie Kinoshita says:

    Great work Bobby, looking forward to the future and viewing your projects, thanks for a great program in Seattle at Puget Sound Bonsai Association meeting,

  7. Sage Smith says:

    Fantastic work Bobby. What a pleasure it must have been to work on that tree. Beautiful!!!!!!!!

  8. Beautiful wiring,pine looks amazing well done 👌

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