Hi and welcome to my personal bonsai blog. Without knowing exactly where this will go, I suspect it will meander through my ongoing attempts to improve my 'growing' collection of bonsai*/sticks in buckets.* (*delete as appropriate) If anybody actually reads this, bear with me & maybe it will start to make some sense. (But don't bet on it!!)

Friday, 16 March 2007

Development of a Shohin White Pine

Below is a pictorial history of a white pine bought from John Hanby in early 2004. Its a typical example of the mass produced trees available for a reasonable price. This was my first pine and I bought it to try and learn the skills needed to tame and (more importantly) keep the species healthy/alive!!
Tree as bought.

Some 'quick and dirty' virtuals- done to try and find the best option within the tree!

Looking back now I wonder if the right decision was made, but you can't go back and I have to go with the thought that it must have appeared to be the right thing to do at the time!!
New front

Decision made! As it happens I decided it was to become a shohin from an idea that hadn't been 'virtualed.' They had however, been useful in terms of knocking some ideas 'out.'

Initial job done!

Repotted, but this pot was later concidered to be a 'tad' to large.
The tree in a new smaller pot -photo taken pre wiring at a 2006 Burrs workshop.

The pine in March 2007 after 1st off refining (if it can be called that!!)

One possible future development, achievable following a bit more growth.

Completed Table Photos

Above as promised, are two pictures of the finished table (apologies for the untidiness). The assembly now comes complete with additional under shelf used for overwintering trees & a twin layer netting roof - two layers giving frost protection -one layer giving protection from strong sun during the summer.
When not required the netting is rolled back and sits on the table roof end, next to the building.

My next project will be to produce additional shelves that will run along the wall thats in front of the table (The wood for this is already sitting under the table.)

But im not rushing to do this, the trees are starting to demand some attention!!

Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Animated table

Above is my first attempt at animation- click the picture and the table should rotate before your very eyes!!