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Dave Murphy

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #60 on: October 17, 2009, 07:35 AM »
I wouldn't have picked the Shimpaku as best in show though,  in my opinion this has a lot of faults, mostly in the 2 trunks, big one is left orientated as the small trunk is right orientated, creating a slingshot. IMHO the tree could be better without the little trunk.



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I personally didn't pick that tree as best in show, but it definitely was one of the best trees there.  I also believe this tree was exhibited at last year's Ist National Bonsai Exhibition...only trees of the highest quality were allowed into that show.  For the record, Kathy Shaner did mention minor flaws with each of the ribbon winners, including this one...the second trunk wasn't one of them.

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ken duncan

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2009, 01:33 PM »
Hi Wayne,
I want to thank You for all of the time you put into taking so many good pictures of the trees at the Expo and the great pictures in the Bonsai Garden and posting them.
The pictures that You took of our Display were way better that the ones that I took.
With all that was going on at the Expo I did not take very many pictures, so I very much appreciate the ones posted here.
Thanks again.
Ken

Here is a pic of the whole display.
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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #62 on: October 17, 2009, 02:46 PM »
Wayne, I really enjoyed seeing how bonsai is in the US, my question for you: was this a club event? what was the standard for the trees, in other words, were all trees allowed?
I find that the quality varies a lot, there are real masterpieces and trees in a beginnerstage of training. I wouldn't have picked the Shimpaku as best in show though,  in my opinion this has a lot of faults, mostly in the 2 trunks, big one is left orientated as the small trunk is right orientated, creating a slingshot. IMHO the tree could be better without the little trunk.

This show invites (9 or 11, I don't recall which) clubs from all over the Southeast (and I think the requirements for the SE are relaxed a little...I believe the state of PA is represented), with each club selecting trees to constitute their own display.  Creativity and excellence are rewarded.

I have to disagree with your take on this juniper.  I think it could be further refined, but I certainly feel that the smaller trunk really gives depth and perspective to the taller tree.  Glad we're all entitled to our opinions though.  Thanks for the reply.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #63 on: October 18, 2009, 08:54 AM »
Hey Ken, it was great to meet you at the expo, and congrats for you and John creating the best display at the show.  I was wondering how your cypress/elm slab demo went.  I was only able to to see the first hour or so.  By the way, you, Arthur and John were extremely entertaining...do you have any pics of John wearing his new shirt?

Dave
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #64 on: October 18, 2009, 09:19 AM »
Hi Dave, It was good to meet You as well and thank You for the congrats and kind coments.
It seems that at the Expo I am always going from one building to another. Between trying to run my sales tables, not much time spent there, and getting things ready for the program, there is not much time to talk to people. I only got to speak about 3 words to Arthur before the Sunday program. Arthur is by far the busiest person all weekend and he does a great job of pulling it all together.
The program was a lot of fun as always, the only thing is that there never seems to be enough time to finish the planting.   
The planting was given to Arthur and he will have to finish it.
As for pictures I did not take any at the program but some people said that they would email me some.
Ken
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #65 on: October 18, 2009, 09:36 AM »
Thanks all for posting and filling in the details. Looks to have been a marvelous gathering, great setting and a lot of fun.
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #66 on: October 19, 2009, 10:38 AM »
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By the way, you, Arthur and John were extremely entertaining...do you have any pics of John wearing his new shirt?

 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #67 on: October 19, 2009, 11:08 AM »
Wayne,
I think one of my favorites was this shohin display:


Do you have a wider shot of it? Unless I miss my mark, both the accent plant in lower right and the tree on the left are part of this well-done formal shohin display.

Sadly, I don't have a wider shot.  I don't think the tree on the left was part of the display (it was a twisty juniper ...shimpaku maybe).  The accent plant thats half in and half out of my image ....I should probably have been a little more careful in composing that shot.  (If I recall, I was in a hurry to zoom in and capture detail of the cascade pine at the top of this display.)

Wayne,
I think a closer look at the juniper will show you that it is very close to the shohin display and has a display number at its base. (Edit: I now see that the shohin display is the next number.) In a formal shohin display, this tree is perfectly situated and an important part of a three-point display. If it wasn't intentionally part of the display, it was certainly a happy circumstance.

Great pictures and great thread.

Chris
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #68 on: October 19, 2009, 02:09 PM »
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Perfect!!  Thanks!

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #69 on: October 19, 2009, 07:22 PM »
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By the way, you, Arthur and John were extremely entertaining...do you have any pics of John wearing his new shirt?



I bet that is the only one of a kind expo shirt out there and I will wear it with pride;)  I should really just say thanks because the compliments were plentiful;)
 

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2009
« Reply #70 on: October 27, 2009, 12:28 PM »
I know that last tree (0060)! :)


I REALLY liked this tree.  There was excellent movement in the trunk, especially for such a small tree. 

Is this yours?  Is it grafted onto jbp?  I was also captivated by that pot.

Thanks for the kudos, yes it's mine. JWP grafted onto JBP lower stock. Sara Rayner pot.

I didn't plan on including this tree, but I had it ready in case we needed a substitute. As it was, we had one member's tree that had to be eliminated from the show due to spider mite damage, so this one got the call. Kathy did mention she thought our display would have been a bit better with one less tree....figures! Oh well.