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Species Specific => Japanese Black Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: John Kirby on December 14, 2009, 06:27 PM

Title: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on December 14, 2009, 06:27 PM
I got this tee from Don Blackmond at Gregory Beach Bonsai, I was really impressed with the aged appearance and the balance of this fine little tree. It is a shohin, but looks much bigger. When I got the tree I decandled and dewired and let it soak up the fertilizer, water and sun. It was now ready for repotting, wiring and fall needle reduction. This tree has grown very, very strongly and was a real joy to rework. It is now in an imported pot made by the Japanese Potter Bunzan. The pot ay be too narrow based for the long haul, but I really liked the way it makes the tree pop out. Tree is shown before and after work.

John
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: MatsuBonsai on December 15, 2009, 03:48 PM
Great little tree.  Are you planning on showing this one in January?
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: ChrisM on December 15, 2009, 05:03 PM
beautiful!
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on December 15, 2009, 06:15 PM
John,
I told Boon that if they need another shohin Pine to fill out a display they can use it, I think it is a couple (2 or 3) of years away from being as good as it will be, but I think it will be a very strong little tree for this year. John
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Don Blackmond on December 16, 2009, 04:19 PM
It's a great tree.  The bark is old and has incredible character.  I had it in a rustic scoup pot at one time; looked really good bu the canopy was too powerful for the pot.  I'm glad you are enjoying it as I did.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: JRob on December 16, 2009, 06:55 PM
John,

I too really like this tree. I look forward to seeing it a few years down the road.

JRob
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Don Blackmond on December 16, 2009, 07:12 PM
I was going to ask and then didn't, John will you plant it deeper if you choose a different pot, or are you working toward exposing more rootage/nebari?  I prefer it planted a little deeper, but then again I am shallow.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on December 16, 2009, 07:36 PM
Boon and I had a long conversation about it, he felt that getting the trunk angle to the appropriate point was the most important point. We can hide the rest when we moss and prep for show. John
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 20, 2010, 09:47 PM
Here is the tree at the BIB SHow this last week, all adjusted and mossed. It is shown with a Pyracantha in the display set up by Inge a BIB compatriot.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 20, 2010, 09:49 PM
And a little closer on the Pine and stand alone.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: davestree on January 21, 2010, 07:26 AM
That is a great pine, very strong, muscular looking trunk.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Romano on January 21, 2010, 10:54 AM
Wonderful shohin pine and pot, John.  I like it very much.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: bonsaikc on January 21, 2010, 01:26 PM
John neglects to mention that this one won Members' Choice for Best Shohin Conifer.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: MatsuBonsai on January 22, 2010, 10:10 AM
Looks great, and congrats John!
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 22, 2010, 10:30 PM
Nice job John.  Looks good.  Its a great tree.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 23, 2010, 10:06 AM
Thanks Don,
I think we fixed your concerns with the mossing and branch repositioning, I really like the new pot it highlights the great trunk and transition to foliage. The foliage is still a little flat, but a few more years of bud selection and wiring at we can over come that. Thanks for making the material available to work with,  Now what I need to find are some fruiting/flowering shohin........

John
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on November 25, 2010, 04:40 PM
Again, fall work has been completed and this nice little tree is progressing, lots of triple buds this year, so i continues to develop with selection. Back and front are shown.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: tanlu on November 26, 2010, 10:28 PM
Excellent black pine! I'm loving the yamadori look.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: shimsuki on November 28, 2010, 09:33 AM
Very nice Tree, and I like the pot too! I also like how in the display we were looking at the stand from a corner; I have never seen that before. But it worked!

Bravo,


Andrew
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 15, 2012, 05:41 PM
So, took a day out to spend with Daisaku Nomoto at Boon's, Daisaku was Boon's Senior at Kihachi-en when boon was an apprentice. Nomoto-san is also a Director in the Nippon Shohin Bonsai Association and is remarkably accomplished for a young person.  This little pine had grown extremely well over the past couple of years- so much so that it had moved from being an at the limits shohin to a real solid Kifu. Daisaku suggested a rather radical transformation to keep the tree as a shohin, I liked it and he moved forward. The pictures below show how it looked before he started, what was taken off and what the tree looked like after it was completed and potted in to an older Chinese pot (not an antique but 40+ years) that Kenny Lam had mailed up to Boon for me to use. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 15, 2012, 05:45 PM
Next set, clippings and current status, waiting for the tree to fill back in towards the trunk and to be made even more compact.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Romano on January 15, 2012, 08:27 PM
I do like this front John.  Wonderful tree.  I do agree it will be much better when the foliage grows a little closer to the trunk to mask more of that transition in the trunk.  But, killer nonetheless.
Hope the show went well.

john
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 15, 2012, 09:25 PM
Thanks John, I didn't getto go to the show, but it sounds like it was great. The new location should be great for walk in traffic. John

Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Kajukid on January 16, 2012, 12:09 AM
that was one of my favorite shohin pines...i love the turns in the trunk...a very beautiful tree...the show was really good...to bad you couldn't of make it john....let me know if u ever want to sell the tree...lol... ;D it might be out of my price rang but hey let me know first...haha
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Don Blackmond on January 16, 2012, 08:23 AM
the transformation really accentuates the trunk character.  looks good.  want another?
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: bwaynef on January 17, 2012, 09:11 AM
The bark on this tree, particularly in that last picture posted (by Kajukid), is fantastic.
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Kajukid on January 17, 2012, 10:53 AM
The bark on this tree, particularly in that last picture posted (by Kajukid), is fantastic.
Where's the like button at lol
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: John Kirby on January 17, 2012, 11:02 AM
This tree won the member's choice award for Shohin Conifer two years ago, after raising it from its "cascade" to the semicascade position. The last two years was a period to increase the foliage mass and strength of the tree. To do the current transformation 80-90% of the foliage that was the former tree has been removed. The tree is now based on what were just a couple of smaller branches two years ago- and the major fault, a rather nasty looking flat cut on the trunk is now gone, with the remnant the beginning of a jin.

John
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Kajukid on January 17, 2012, 12:19 PM
This tree won the member's choice award for Shohin Conifer two years ago, after raising it from its "cascade" to the semicascade position. The last two years was a period to increase the foliage mass and strength of the tree. To do the current transformation 80-90% of the foliage that was the former tree has been removed. The tree is now based on what were just a couple of smaller branches two years ago- and the major fault, a rather nasty looking flat cut on the trunk is now gone, with the remnant the beginning of a jin.

John
Yeah I nd out that it won 2 years ago because when we were gonna do the judging Boon tried to put it on the tree and someone reminded him that it won 2 years ago. Lol
Title: Re: Shohin Cascade JBP
Post by: Treebeard55 on February 09, 2012, 01:17 PM
Hard to believe it didn't live in the mountains for a century. Very nice tree!  :)