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Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« on: October 22, 2010, 10:47 AM »
I made the 2 hour trip to Cincinnati once again last night, this time to attend a lecture/demonstration by Ryan Neil.  He's an extremely talented and entertaining young bonsai professional.  He worked on a mediocre (he was asked to be brutally honest to the audience, and was) JBP and turned it into something rather nice.  If you get the chance, I highly suggest attending any event in your area where he is in attendance.

<shameless plug>If you're in or around the Louisville area, we'll be having him when we host the ABS/BCI 2011 Bonsai in the Bluegrass.</shameless plug>

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010, 11:02 AM »
He was also kind enough to give me his business card, which advertises a new website (that looks to be still under construction).

International Bonsai Mirai http://www.bonsaimirai.com/
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 06:48 PM »
He was in Dayton, at our meeting the night before.  He worked on an Eastern Hemlock.   andy
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 02:05 PM »
Our club had Ryan do workshops and a demo in September. Looking forward to seeing him next week at the GSBF convention in Santa Clara. Man that boy get's around. He's a great kid and works wonders on mediocre stock.
Mary B.
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 09:09 AM »
He was in Dayton, at our meeting the night before.  He worked on an Eastern Hemlock.   andy

There were a few from the Dayton club there in Cincinnati.  They had very favorable things to say.  Did anyone get any pictures?  What was your impression of the lecture/demo?
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2010, 09:15 AM »
Our club had Ryan do workshops and a demo in September. Looking forward to seeing him next week at the GSBF convention in Santa Clara. Man that boy get's around. He's a great kid and works wonders on mediocre stock.
Mary B.

I'm always amazed (disappointed?) at the material provided to visiting artists.  All the money and expense to bring him/her in and then they are presented with sub-par material, with the club members expecting magical results.  Ryan was very good at addressing this professionally and with tact, but was honest that the material was just so-so.  Honestly, it's far better than the Louisville club typically provides, when they provide.

The Louisville club had Bjorn in a few months ago.  The senior members hand picked out a half-dead juniper from Brussel's.  Luckily another club member provided a better alternative in his own juniper.  However, this better alternative was potted in an oil drain pan.  Bjorn commented that we should try to put our trees into appropriate pots so that we take better care of them.  He continued that subconsciously we take better care of them when they are in a fitting finished pot. 
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010, 04:33 PM »
Actually I thought it was very good.  It was the first demonstration that I've seen from a profesional.  There were folks taking pictures, but I did not.  andy
 

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Re: Ryan Neil in Cincinnati - Thursday October 21st
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2010, 12:58 AM »


I'm always amazed (disappointed?) at the material provided to visiting artists.  All the money and expense to bring him/her in and then they are presented with sub-par material, with the club members expecting magical results.  Ryan was very good at addressing this professionally and with tact, but was honest that the material was just so-so.  Honestly, it's far better than the Louisville club typically provides, when they provide.


I think that finding really good stock for visiting masters is difficult to say the least. Clubs spend the money to bring them in but there isn't much left in the budget for an exspensive demo tree. At our clubs demo  the tree is always raffled off at the end to help defray the cost of the demo tree. This can be a signifigant cost in addition to the cost of the visiting master. Nobody said this was a cheap hobby but a lot of clubs are struggling financially like everyone else.
I think Ryan does a fabulous job of involving the audience with the design of the tree and how to work around difficult stock. Maybe we learn more working with the not so great stock so that we aren't affraid to work on really great stock.
I made a comment about the crappy trees (like mine) he had to work on in America at one of his workshops  and Ryan laughed and said "don't think all the trees Mr. Kimura had us work on were Kokufu quality trees. The same thing that happens here (older bonsai hobbyist neglects his trees and they are in desparate need of repotting and pruning of the overgrown  or weak trees) sometimes happens in Japan too. Granted the bones are better but they still need tons of work. Ryan said he enjoys working raw stock.
You would be surprised at the stock Ryan works on in his workshops around here. At the last one he worked on one of the biggest, nicest Japanese maples anyone had seen, still in a grow box. This thing was huge! He also worked on a gorgeous Mendicino Cypress, some nice Cali junipers so he may not get much to work on at the demos but if you take a workshop from him, you would be surprised what he gets to work on and he's very good about explaining the design, wire work, ect after the whole group discusses the tree. You get to see many types of jaw dropping trees that have never been to a show.
Mary B.