Bonsai Summer Images 2016

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This article contains a selection of updates and images I've posted on Social Media (Google+ , Facebook , Instagram) over the Summer of 2016; from June 21st to September 21st 2016.

After a very late start to the growing season in May, almost 2 months later than the year before, everything exploded into growth through a wet June and July and I was regularly pruning some trees back twice a week to keep up!

olive bonsai carving

Early July 2016: Carving a yamadori Olive bonsai (Olea sylvestris) belonging to Alex Mai Bonsai in early July 2016. Note the use of multiple carving machines (angle grinder, Makita die-grinder as well as a number of Dremels). As well as providing a range of different carving effects, the use of several machines ensures that carving can be carried out interrupted without the need to stop and change carving bits.

olive bonsai carving

Early July 2016: Alex Mai Bonsai studying the tree with me prior to beginning work.

olive bonsai carving

Early July 2016: Using the angle-grinder, mounted with a termite bit, to shape the stump at the top of the Olive.

olive bonsai carving

Early July 2016: The top of the Olive rough-carved to remove some inverse taper.

olive bonsai carving

Early July 2016: And the top of the stump after adding texture

sabina juniper bonsai

Early July 2016: During the same session we photographed some of Alex's other trees. Here, a stunning shohin Sabina Juniper bonsai. Less than 10"/25cm in height, the tree looks in great condition after styling by Taiga Urushibata at the Spirit of Shohin show in April.

sabina juniper bonsai

sabina juniper bonsai

japanese black pine bonsai

Early July 2016: And a Japanese Black Pine originating from Spain. The 10"/25cm tall tree was still over-potted but its nebari spreads from one side of its pot to the other.

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