Exhibition - Tentoonstelling.
Peter Foele, nog een oud leerling die heeft toegezegd om aan de tentoonstelling deel te nemen.
Peter Foele, another ex-student who agreed to participate in the exhibition.
My name is Peter Foele. I was born in Belgium, and have moved to the west coast of Scotland in 2003.
Shortly after my national duty, I started with the beautiful hobby which is Bonsai. From the early stages I studied under Danny Use, owner of the Bonsai Centre Ginkgo. As one of his regular students, I occasionally assisted him in demonstrations in Belgium and Holland. As I gained in knowledge and experience, I became more involved in the upkeep and maintenance of the trees and helping Danny in the maintenance of his top-quality trees in his private collection. This enabled me to tap deeply into Danny’s in-depth knowledge of how to maintain a Bonsai from its early stages of development right up to the well-established Bonsai (as can be seen in exhibitions like the ‘Kokufu Ten’ in Japan).
As one of the core members of Danny’s Club ‘ Kei Bonsai Kai’, I assisted with the preparations for the Ginkgo awards from 1997 up to 2001, as well as the last edition in 2006. From 2004 onwards, I am an active member of the ‘Kawabe School’, focusing on the Japanese way of working with Bonsai under guidance of Takeo Kawabe-san. This enables me to hone my styling and horticultural skills even further.
Since 2006, I have started giving workshops and lectures, mainly in Scotland. I have also started a Bonsai School, helping people in their quest for in-depth knowledge of the Japanese approach to Bonsai, as well as the different (styling) techniques and horticultural knowledge involved.