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Fruiting and Flowering Bonsai Discussion / Re: New Crab apple
« Last post by Movement no. 3 on Yesterday at 11:08 PM »
Caterpillars have no appreciation for bonsai.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Artisans Cup Book
« Last post by bwaynef on Yesterday at 08:53 PM »
I just saw a post on Facebook from Ryan (or Chelsea) Neil saying they need more orders to take the book to print.

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The Artisans Cup retrospective book features a comprehensive insider look at the premier American Bonsai event of 2015.

Any of you guys interested, order by 2/14 to help ensure that this book goes to print.

http://www.theartisanscup.com/store/the-artisans-cup-retrospective
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: ponderosa or satsuki?
« Last post by bwaynef on Yesterday at 10:56 AM »
@Jason E, What's become of these two trees?
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Here's a Japanese maple that doesn't seem to fit the mold of what most strive for.  It's years from presentable, but I like it('s potential).  Any input on making it better?
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Last post by macbeth on February 03, 2016, 11:09 AM »
I'm working on a Tanuki to try something new, and because I had a really nice piece of deadwood that used to be a Juniper in front of my house.  This has actually been quite the ongoing process, and it gave me the chance to try a number of techniques presented in the deadwood techniques book by Jeker.  First I had the wood sandblasted to remove bark and loose rotted wood.  Then I peeled back the jin branches to improve their look as some had been cut flush.  After that, I burned the wood completely black, and subsequently brushed and applied lime-sulfur in many coats.  After the lime sulfur, I carved the 4 channels for the whips.  I used a wood hardener after the channels were carved, applying a few coats of that, and then brushed down the shine to a matte finish after it dried.

I applied the 4 whips using small staples, and potted the whole thing in a box, where I will not wait patiently for the tree to grow.  I have added a bad photoshop of the intended style after growing for a while.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Last post by bwaynef on February 03, 2016, 09:23 AM »
Its my experience that a lot of trees put on the most girth in the fall, so I'd count this at least 1.5 growing seasons.  I was warned early but ignored the advice that I shouldn't let them go more than a year w/o tending to the roots.  Turns out, its probably good advice, at least early on when you're trying to get the roots set.  A bunch of the trees didn't have the radial roots that this one has.  Some had 2-3 major roots that shot across the tile and went straight down.  If I'd pruned 'em back last fall, the roots would probably have ramified a little better.

Also, those placed through a washer could've used some attention earlier as well.
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Tree of the Month / March 2016 Tree of the Month Contest
« Last post by Bonsai Study Group Admin on February 02, 2016, 10:29 PM »
The BonsaiStudyGroup.com "Tree of the Month" contest is a showcase for all the members to show off your work.

The BonsaiStudyGroup.com "Tree of the Month" contest is open to any and all members of the forum.  This will be a monthly contest.  The winner will have his/her tree featured in the header section of BonsaiStudyGroup.com.

How to enter:

Post as many as 4 photos in the monthly thread.  One submission only per member, per month, please.  Submissions will be accepted until the 21st of the month, at which point the thread will be locked.  Voting will begin in a separate thread and will continue until the 28th of the month.

We ask that the entry threads be reserved for submissions only.  Any non-entry post will be removed.  Feel free to start a new thread to discuss any tree entered in the contest.  Winners will be announced on the 28th of the month, and home page will be updated on the 1st of the month.

Please post no more than 4 pictures per tree and provide a brief history of each tree.

Guidelines:

Pictures must be taken within the past 30 days.
Trees submitted are not eligible to be submitted again for 3 months.
Winning trees are not eligible to be submitted again for 12 months.
Post a link to any existing thread on the tree (and if none exists start a new one).

If you are unable to post a picture you can PM one of the Moderators or Admins and we'll work with you to get it posted.

Please remember to post a link to any existing thread on the tree (and if none exists start a new one).
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Tree of the Month / February 2016 Tree of the Month Winner
« Last post by Bonsai Study Group Admin on February 02, 2016, 10:28 PM »
Congratulations John Kirby, February 2016 Tree of the Month winner!



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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Last post by coh on February 02, 2016, 06:04 PM »
So that's what you got after essentially 1 growing season (unless I'm reading that wrong)? Pretty impressive. I would have thought that would take a couple of years.

What would you do differently?

Chris
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General Bonsai Discussion / Any interesting projects for 2016
« Last post by bwaynef on February 02, 2016, 11:12 AM »
Here's mine.  In the fall of 2014, just after leaf fall, I planted several japanese maples and tridents maples.  The tridents were slipped through a narrow hole drilled in a 4" square tile.  The japanese maples were (mostly) planted over a washer.  I've learned a few things I'd do differently, but I'm pleased with the results.

Here's one of my better tridents.
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