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--- Quote from: Leo in NE Illinois on October 04, 2014, 02:47 PM ---
That second stand, the low table is absolutely exquisite, truly marvelous. Who made it? That is a stand I would love to own. I think it is subtle enough that it could be used, though you are right, matching a tree to it would be difficult. Perhaps a satsuki in glorious bloom, that would be a tree the stand would not over power. 

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I made both stands


--- Quote from: akeppler on October 04, 2014, 09:59 PM ---

I made both stands

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And a really great and inspirational blog post about how the stands are made.  There is a lot of work going into these!!!

Owen Reich:
This is a really effective post.  Forums aren't always the best way to convey info but this is pretty solid. 

Adair M:
I agree, Owen, great thread. I wish there were more like this.


--- Quote from: akeppler on June 21, 2009, 11:54 AM ---Irene, I will try to include some photo's of what designates some of the more easy to determine styles. This is by no means a really conclusive list nor does it mean that just by includeing the appropriate stand your display will win. It will go along ways towards keeping points being deducted and that may be all that is necessary.

In a artist profile done a few years back at AoB I talked about the need to improve how we choose the right table for a tree and the need to get it tree appropriate. I think we are moving in that direction as I see tree table matches improve every year.
Paris shuttle transfers
First the Japanese stand. Mostly subdued and simple. Feet will usually turn outwards. Like bonsai pots, stands started in China. Japan took off with the idea and improved as well as simplified the lines. Sometimes  Japanese stands will carry a sumari or fuedal flavor which can be very powerful with the right tree.

Most antique stands were Chinese or Japanese writing tables. Much like the small plastic table we give our kids while sick in bed to take their supper. Japanese children would sit on the floor and place this writing desk over their legs to study. Many of the tables became bonsai stands from necessity since they did not have tree specific tables. Many would just cut the legs down to make a lower table.

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thanks y post,y post so helpful
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