A Room With a View: Shore Pine Revisit

To continue looking back at past work and how they look today…here’s a pine project from 2 years ago that started with a design puzzle: This was the quirky Shore Pine when it got to the yard in 2016. To see the full post on the restyling of it and the design puzzle we offered: shore-pine-design-puzzle […]

Revisit: Twin Trunk Hemlock on a Nylon Board—

Revisit: Twin Trunk Hemlock on a Nylon Board—

The last post about a Hemlock suggested that I might as well start a series on revisits from past work to see if they’ve gotten worse with time, stayed the same, or improved. Today we revisit one of the weirder things we’ve done here, putting a tree on a plastic cutting board… At the finish […]

History of a Mountain Hemlock-

History of a Mountain Hemlock-

Years ago a student brought this Mountain Hemlock into a Seasonal session. We styled it in the fall of 2012, and it later made an appearance at the Artisans Cup and is now spending the year at the Portland Japanese Garden display. Please check it out if you drop through Portland, Oregon this year- Here’s […]

Potting up a Hemlock-

Potting up a Hemlock-

Some of you may remember the restyling of this large, old Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, a few years ago. This spring the wooden box it was living in was replaced with a low ceramic rectangle. The following is a photo essay of this final step in the progression- This was the hemlock in December 2014, before the […]

New Apprentice at Crataegus: Jarryd Bailey

New Apprentice at Crataegus: Jarryd Bailey

In the summer of 2016 a visitor from Tasmania dropped into our studio for a visit. He spent a few hours with us, and asked if by chance there were any openings in classes the next couple weeks. As it happened, there was an unexpected opening and we were able to spend three days in […]

Ethics of Collecting: Backcountry Bonsai

Collecting has been a thing for years in North America. And like many places, we do have eye-candy in wild areas that supports our bonsai desires. Wherever you live, if you go out seeking trees, please educate yourself in how to do it. Or buy trees from those who do know. Dan’s words about this […]

…And Yet Another Pine on a Rock…

This composition makes me laugh. It’s got a wry 5 degree lean, and it’s quirkily planted off to one side. The Lodgepole Pine was collected by a friend, just over onto the eastern slope of the Cascades in Oregon, USA. Lodgepole is more frequent there where it is a bit drier. Like many conifers, pines […]

Red Pine / Ponderosa on Rock-

Red Pine / Ponderosa on Rock-

One of the bonsai benefits of living in the volcanic Pacific Northwest of the U.S. is the geology. There are many dark, irregular rocks out there for rock plantings. This pine was originally a Ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa. About seven years ago I grafted it with Red Pine, Pinus densiflora. This spring we were casting about […]

Student Work at Crataegus Bonsai-

Student Work at Crataegus Bonsai-

Students visited Crataegus Bonsai in small mobs the last few months, and this is what they did- Learn more about these intensive, micro-class, 3-day sessions: Crataegus Bonsai Seasonal

Juniper Jin and Pine Jin-

Juniper Jin and Pine Jin-

A month ago we started talking about pine jin. Here are some photos and thoughts about pine and juniper jin and how they differ. This is a pine jin. It looks cut off, doesn’t it? But it’s never been touched. This is what a dead pine branch will do if left to its own devices, […]