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Owen Reich workshop
« on: December 12, 2011, 08:05 PM »
I retract my previous statement where I said Owen was slacking.  He's perhaps the busiest person I know, besides John Kirby of course.

Owen came up to Louisville for one of his few weekends in the States.  He'll be headed back to Japan in January to continue his studies at Fujikawa Kouka-en.  We had a small group workshop on Saturday, followed by a one-on-one Sunday.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 08:06 PM »
Owen brought a car load of books, pots, and trees for sale.  Here's just a small sampling of what he had to offer.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 08:12 PM »
Owen commented on this RMJ immediately upon seeing it in person.  This was the main subject for the one-on-one session.  Here's the before shot and some of Owen wiring.
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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 08:12 PM »
We discussed the future of the tree, growth and future removals, cleaning and refining deadwood, and pot selection.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 08:48 PM »
Glad to see you guys gotta weekend for bonsai fun! I expect that Owen is a lively and enthusiastic teacher. John
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2011, 07:19 AM »
Thanks John. We did have a lot of fun. Owen is a very entertaining and knowledgeable guy.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2011, 10:53 AM »
We discussed the future of the tree, growth and future removals, cleaning and refining deadwood, and pot selection.

Care to share?
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2011, 02:25 PM »
I thought you would never ask.

Many of the branches are still to full and too wide. The weight is not balanced from branch to branch.  That will be corrected with selective pruning and continued future wirings. The deadwood will be cleaned and bleached, making the tree appear thinner and much more visually striking.

As for pot selection, anyone care to try their hand at a virtual?
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2011, 08:26 PM »
Here's another one Owen worked on while he was here.  New pot and more root/nebari work in spring.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2011, 11:48 PM »
Very nice 5 needle pine!

Lots of guy wires!
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2011, 08:31 PM »
On the white pine John, whats your take on that bottom left branch? There is just something about the exit position of the branch from the trunk that just seems out of place on the tree. Everything else harmonizes with each other while that branch just is so different. Sometimes different defines a tree but this one seems to counter its shape.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2011, 09:11 PM »
Al,

Would love for you to expand on this, if you wouldn't mind.

My take, it's a little low for a branch and a little high for a trunk. Perhaps that's what you're seeing?  It's a little awkward, but hopefully something that can be overcome with time?  I think Owen did a great job with the material presented, but wonder if there are other suggestions?  Perhaps a virtual?
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2011, 11:46 PM »
Al..the branch looks awkward to you cause it cost's more than $8.00 ( ;)) anyways, maybe because even though its a 1st branch, its way thicker than all the others. It also goes up first, then comes down. all the others droop immediately off the trunk. Maybe if the rest of the branches were wire to do the same, the tree would look more consistant. Cool needle color. Almost looks like a blue Atlas cedar.
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2011, 12:05 AM »
I was torn on the styling of that lowest branch as it had about 50 total buds; more than the rest of the tree put together.  It kind of wanted to be a sister trunk and kind of a first branch.  The branch will look better in about 2-3 years as new shoots fill in the top of the lowest branch.  When this tree fills in all over, it will be very nice.  Setting the branch angles for the rest of the tree now will give it great character for the future. 

The rmj of John's is a tree I immediately wanted.  I saw a very high mountain informal upright with small tight pads and a very unique presence.  It is a tree that looked Nature in the eye and barely survived the beat-down.  I set the framework for with all the branches the tree had and only removed a few shoots.  Almost every pad is too full as of now but when cut back and flushed out, the balance will emerge as i wired for small pads, used a wonderful jack to compress the top section of trunk, laid out a long-term branch removal plan, and explained my styling choices in relation to the currently undefined Shari and Jin.  Once the deadwood is cleaned up, it will be a "frotha" as they saw in Australia.....
 

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Re: Owen Reich workshop
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2011, 07:31 AM »
As I told Owen, I'm incredibly patient when it comes to my trees. We discussed the future of both trees and are looking 5 to 10'years down the road. What may bother the eye now will be corrected and improved over the next several years.

That said, I would love to continue the conversation(s) to see what thoughts or ideas others have.