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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Chrisl on April 07, 2012, 10:46 AM

Title: ABS Convention
Post by: Chrisl on April 07, 2012, 10:46 AM
I just finally looked at the ABS-BCI Convention webpage.  "Wow", what a host of great artists and workshops!  I'm very impressed.  I can't afford to go this year, but am wondering, do these conventions choose different locations each year?  Are the guest always so impressive?  Just wondering some of the details of the annual convention.   I'd love to go to one some day!

John, I see you have a workshop going on, but are bringing pre wired trees.  So what are you going to do in the workshop?  Congratulations btw for hosting one!  Must be a real privilege!

Title: Re: ABS Convention
Post by: John Kirby on April 07, 2012, 09:04 PM
Yep, two workshops. Up to eight (8) per workshop, three (3) hours to teach a workshop.

Most folks don't know how to use copper wire very well, by prewiring trees, we can do the important maintenance work (decandle and pluck) and cover fall and spring work. The workshop participants will get to use copper wire (number 16) to wire out the tips after the trees are decandled.

I have decandled the trees to be in the workshop for the past 5 years. When they are done, they will have a pine tree that looks like a bonsai and not a hacked up shrub.

Title: Re: ABS Convention
Post by: al345900 on April 07, 2012, 10:46 PM
Hi John,

    I signed up for your workshop !!!

    Looking forward to meet you in Denver,


Title: Re: ABS Convention
Post by: Owen Reich on April 08, 2012, 09:46 AM
John K, bravo  :D for the Pre-prepped workshop material.  If every workshop is slaying rough stock, people will have limited progress.  Maintenance is a huge deal and often glossed over.  I'm by no means saying all workshops are like that.
  I've always wanted to do that myself; that and pre-wire at least part of a demo tree so I don't have to rush. 

Wish I could make it to CO this year.  I really like the idea of more consolidated exhibitions and symposiums on a national level.
Title: Re: ABS Convention
Post by: Chrisl on April 08, 2012, 10:28 AM
Great idea John.  I agree with Owen in that workshops that start from raw stock, you just can't do the whole styling, wiring, and maintenance in 3--4hrs.  One's left alone inevitably to do some of that work alone.  Which I'm sure would be much better if it can be done with an instructor. 
I wish I could make it as again, I was just so impressed by the quality of the "pros" they have coming.  Def. something I want to strive for, making it to an ABS convention.