Technique, know-how and aesthetics
are all one when serving a single cause
The Art of Bonsai
Bonsai is an illusionary reflection of nature produced under controlled conditions.
The cost is $25.00 for the workshop including soil and wire, within reason. If you are more experienced and just want styling ideas or help with wiring or potting you can bring up to three trees. If you are a novice and want to learn how to create a bonsai we recommend you concentrate on just one tree, it takes awhile to completely style a tree. Newcomers are not yet capable of doing much of the hands on work themselves, and we like to take the time to explain what we are doing as we do it. This is not only good for them, but it helps even the more experienced learn more tips on wiring, styling and such. As people gain experience we want them to do more of the work themselves, then I will assist them in styling their tree. This is a workshop for you to learn how to, not for us to do all the work for you. Experience is the best teacher. Our desire is to help you learn the art of bonsai.
Pre-bonsai trees and all supplies are available. Observers are welcome at no charge, so come spend the day or just a few hours. You can come anytime between the hours of 9:00-3:00. We have set up an area where we can take before and after pictures of the trees we work on. If you want us to, we can e-mail your pictures to you.
We want to encourage people to bring a previous BYOT tree back with them each time they come so we can guide them on how to proceed with improving the ramification, this will not count as a workshop, if that is all you bring there will be no charge.
As usual Linda will have coffee and something delicious for the early birds, fruits and snacks for the munchies with soda, water and pizza for lunch if you want it. Pizza is $5.00, some people pack a lunch. And who knows what delectable thing someone might bring for us.
November 9th & 10th
Bring Your Own Tree
Looking back over my journey into the art, I found that being more of a visual learner rather than from reading books, I learned quite a bit from observing and listening at workshops and demos.
That is the concept of this workshop; we will be doing an interactive demo. We will start with discussing some of the thought process that goes into starting the initial styling of a tree: how to find the line, the character, and/or visual impact of the tree. From there we will be showing the process of branch selection, wiring, branch bending, pruning for taper and direction. Then we will discuss what future work will be done to take the tree from its initial styling to being one you would be proud to put on exhibit. You will have the opportunity through all of this to ask any and as many questions as you want. (Unless your initials are T.P. aka Trouble:)
Everyone attending will be given a number, at the end there will be a drawing and someone will get to take the tree home.
Workshop will be starting at 9:00
This is an open workshop, which means you do not have to sign up.
Cost is $35.00