Picea yamadori - Part four.


It was a choice not to give the tree his final angle in the pot; otherwise the most important roots,  who are connected with the foliage,  would have been above the soil level and they were not yet refined enough.


The inside of the root ball stays untouched and we fill the pot with pure akadama.


The tree about 12 years later. Ready for a another styling to achieve our goal. In the meantime he was repotted in a smaller round pot. But still he was leaning over too much.


I thin out drastically for two reasons; there is still an important repotting to do and the tree was not trimmed the last two years so these last years we did not get smaller growth.



Will be continued tomorrow.


Yesterdays workshop - an impression.


First styling of a Pyracantha.


Repotting and improving the root base of an Ulmus procera.


Styling of a Crataegus.


Picea yamadori - Part three.


We decide to work with only one branch and make the tree as small as possible.


The jin needs to be styled. Be careful with giving another angle, all the roots have to fit in the pot, if they do not fit, it is better to do it in two steps.


We change the position again a little more upwards.


This is the first vision of the future.


We use a over sized first pot to obtain a more compact rootball. The tree can grow with fine new roots on the outside that keep the tree healthy and strong. After a couple of years we can prune the roots back drastically and than we have a more compact rootball with finer roots also on the inside.

Will be continued tomorrow.

For Sale.


Pinus sylvestris yamadori in half-cascade for sale. Tree was four years in a plastic container and now repotted in the best possible angle. There is already a compact rootball with fine roots. The tree is ready to be styled from September on. Price: 950€


Pinus densiflora.


This is an european Red Pine. Styled 1st time two years ago. Ready for trimming the needles and another wiring. Excellent starters material. Price for the Pinus on the photo: 175€. Three pieces available in different styles and prices.


This is a meditarean type of Red Pine. The tree is now repotted and there is a branch selection done. The tree is ready for wiring, we prepared the tree but the price remains the same as before: 95€.
Making the needles smaller is a technic which we explain after buying of the tree. This is also excellent work shop material.

Picea yamadori - Part two.


My assistant Kirsten protects the most important branch with raffia.


A selective wiring of the most important branches and this without thinning out in advance. I did not thin out yet because I have to reposition this branch completely and I will select the branches after repositioning.


With tension wire positioning the main branch and making the tree as compact as possible.


The branch must be placed upwards completely. There is no wire underneath the raffia. We need to concentrate for 100% during the bending.


Wired and positioned.

Will be continued tomorrow.


Hamamelis mollis for sale.


Hamamelis mollis, 22 years old, five years in the pot, elegant trunk movement for this species. Flowers now. Price: 250€.

Corylopsis pauciflora for sale_2


Corylopsis for Bunijn style. Starts flowering now. Three years in pot. About 16 years old. Price: 75€.

Acer buergerianum seedlings.



We have now Acer buergerianum 3 year old seedlings available, 60-80cm. Price: 7,50€. They are good for grafting on all the projects which need branches or roots. They will be available only till about 15 March, after that period they will be in the field and no longer for sale.



Picea yamadori - Part one.


I started the first work on this yamadori Picea  about twelve years ago.



The tree had different possibilities.


Looking for the better angle.


Also for the angle and front side different possibilities.

Will be continued tomorrow.


Juniperus rigida.


About 15 years ago I was in Japan in Nagoya area looking for Juniperus rigida yamadori. The nursery that had  supplied me all over the years,  had something special for me. It was a one off rare to find yamadori that was already a very long time in the pot. It came out of nature like a bonsai. It had never been styled and had never been wired. The idea of that kind of trees is that it never will be wired. This is the way they started with yamadori bonsai in the early days. To find a yamadori like this nowadays is very rare. I kept the tree more than 10 years in my nursery without doing anything besides the normal maintenance . Now the tree fits in the size category with which I want to build up my new collection and I decided to start him up.


First step I took was the pruning and selecting of all the healthy ramifications.


You can see the difference in colour between strong and weaker branches. That made my selection more difficult and I was looking on every branch for small buds for next season.


The bark of the tree was in many layers and is what we call in bonsai terms "dirty". If I want to make the tree strong and healthy, I will have to clean the bark completely. Also to be sure that eggs of insects between the bark are destroyed.


The way the tree has grown in nature is extremely rare but very natural.


I want to keep every important old branch on the tree and remove all the younger growth that the tree has made the last 15 years. Starting with a very old base,  makes it possible to give the tree a very old image directly.


With a sharp knife I removed all the layers on the bark and at the same time I was looking for more deadwood that was hidden underneath the layers of the bark.


Last spring I repotted the tree in another angle, that is why the foliage stand upwards at the left side. This was not such a good idea for the shape of the tree in the way that I am going to work with keeping all the branches. The advantage was that I made many new roots at the upper left side. I repotted  only the outside of the roots and that made the tree very strong in one year.


Than I start to create the deadwood. Accentuate every movement and breaking straight lines. It is a very complicated tree with at the inside a lot of curves and twisted branches.


With all those compact movements it was difficult to work with a power tool on the inside of the tree.


Start to achieve the first result, a beatiful movement of deadwood and life vein comes together.



Close up.


I start to open on the back side of the tree an old part of the deadwood.


It was hollow inside and I could clean it out.



The result; the more small details I can add to this midsize tree the more special it becomes. The old branches fit perfect in the whole line of the tree.


From this angle the front side was an option but than I have to cut a very old branch that is now not visible and would give to much depth. With the scissors I did the last cleaning work.


I wanted to have the tree in another position in the pot to have all the foliage and branches horizontal.


This is the result at the outside of the rootball of last years preparation repotting; very strong one year old roots that now I can prune back very short and gives the tree more power. Without doing this I would not have been possible to do all this work in one period of time.


The tree repotted in a correct angle, spectacular movements between deadwood and life veins.


 From next summer on I will start with intensive pruning and pinching. I am going to build up the tree without any wire; not on the thick and not on the small branches. It is a dream of a lot of bonsai enthousiasts to build up a tree without wiring. Junipeus rigida needs  thick,  old branches to carry the weight of the pads when the foliage becomes dense. I did the job like they wanted it to be done in Japan 15 years ago and I keep to the "old school" traditions finding something valuable, doing the work like it should be done. This is a tree with a story and it all fits the whole image.



Pinus pentaphylla.


Neagari Han Kengai Pinus pentaphylla mid size. Bonsai for collectors.




Pyracantha 40cm high, thick trunk for this species, good material to start a project. Only 1 available of that size. Price: 250€


For Sale.


Pinus mugo yamadori in Bunjin Style for sale now for 850€. The tree has an old bark from bottom to top. Ready to go in his finished pot.



There was a time between the 70's and 90's that every bonsai collector had a Zelkova serrata in his collection. To find one in a collection or at an exhibition now is rare. The short white trunk and open broom style crown is a typical Zelkova style as they grow in nature. This is a typical tree style which exists all over the world. In Japan it is still very famous in the "old school" gardens. The tree on the photo is chu hin size in a very large oversized pot. The tree will stay in this pot for two more years, till more refined ramifications and an even more perfect root base. To create a powerfull tree out of this species there is a lot of trimming work in summertime. This tree just had his winter pruning and is ready to start the growing season. We have two more specimens available that did not had the winter pruning yet and are in a normal sized pot. Those are in the sales area at reduced price.

Satsuki Azalea.


Today I prepared this red flowering satsuki Azalea for sho-hin. A very powerful trunk, from root base to apex 20cm high. The trunk base underneath  11cm wide. Nice root base. The branch selection is already done. Enough branches to do a first wiring. Tomorrow I will prepare another seven Azalea of the same material. Price: 250€. This is extremely good sho-hin material.


Todays workshop.


The Juniperus itoigawa  of which we discussed the different options; see post of 12/01/2013, came back today on the workshop to create the deadwood and to do a branch selection. The tree is completely changed and is now more elegant.



This Juniperus had not such an interesting trunk line. He had an inversed taper line of the trunk.


We had to remove a lot of deadwood over the whole line, from bottom to apex.


On the floor you can see the pieces of wood that we have removed.


After the work with the split cutter we create more movement with the powertool.


This is not the front side. The photo shows the result of the movement we created in the trunk. The tree will come back on another workshop to continue the work.




This Larix has a straight trunk,I want to bring some movement in it.


Raffia, straight wire and again raffia prevent the trunk from breaking during bending.


I bend with tools to start and  half way I continue by hand.


I put some tension wires to keep it in that angle for a year.


From straight to half cascade without breaking.


The tree styled and repotted.


Juniperus sabina.


This Juniperus sabina was a branch of a yamadori that has been grafted, on his life vein, with a young Juniperus itoigawa. After he got his new roots he was cut off from the mother plant. In the pot you can still see the left over of the cutted Itoigawa.


I find this small size yamadori very interesting. The whole movement of the tree is extremely elegant for such a small sized tree.


The movement seen from the other side.

We still have a Juniperus sabina raw material  for sale with the same qualities but in a bigger size.



If you can not see the final result in this material, I can show you the possibilities.


Corylopsis pauciflora for sale.


This Corylopsis is 7 years in his bonsaipot and ready for wiring and first styling. Price: 750€


Detail of the flowers.

1 2 3 Next