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Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« on: September 22, 2009, 08:07 PM »
This is a tree my father, JRob, and I recentlly got. We really like the trunk and the deadwood. It will be repotted this spring and we will let it grow out, get healthy, and let it recover next year. A small amount of wiring might be done. The first picture is the front, the second is the back, the third and forth are pictures of the trunk.



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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 08:57 PM »
Did you get it from Dave Kreutz?

Looks like one of the batch that Iseli's old bonsai nursery imported (Joe Harris and crew) a number of years ago. They are distinctive, I have one there are couple at Boon's and you see them around from time to time. You don't find many Itoigawa's of that size in the US with the quarantine restrictions in place.

Nice tree, it is going to take a little work to get the foliage to match the trunk, when I get home I will wire mine and then post some pictures.

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John
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009, 09:16 PM »
Did you get it from Dave Kreutz?

Yes
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 06:26 AM »
John,

I always appreciate your comments. I hope our paths eventually cross. I am sure they will.

The foliage does need work.  Though there are some current overall design issues, we were impressed with the trunk and its potential. The tree stands 22" tall. It has great movement, shari and jin, great life lines and with the proper care and attention we are hopeful that over the next several years it can be developed into a spectacular specimen.

We would appreciate any design suggestions you or others may want to share. We are new to bonsai and have a lot to learn. Dave and others in the area have been extremely helpful and shimsuki and I are active members of the Bonsai Society of Greater St. Louis which has also been immensely valuable. We have attended work shops this past year with Guy, Andy Smith and Tigra Urusibata (Nobuichi Urusibata's son from the Japanese nursery Taisho En). We are attempting to develop a respectable collection that we can nurture and be proud of.

Thanks & Regards,

JRob  
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 09:17 PM »
Hi,
I think Marco has worked this tree to get the Deadwood on the trunk right. Mike Hagedorn styled two of these trees (maybe in St Louis and they are on (were on?) his before and after page of his website. Getting the branches right takes some pretty dramatic work. This tree might be a good candidate to work on with Marco when he does his annual visit to St Louis. John
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 09:47 PM »
My first post here, great material! I edited the first image for the beauty of the exposed liveveins. Hope it's okay. Very nice tree.

Greetings,
dorothy
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009, 11:31 PM »
Dorothy,

Thanks for the enhanced photo and your comments. Welcome to the group. I have enjoyed your blog for several months now.

John,

You are correct the tree has been worked on by Marco and I like your suggestion of having him help with styling of the branches to get them right. I will check his schedule with the folks here in St. Louis and perhaps be able to can get some time with him when he is in town.

I had the pleasure of spending an day with Lindsay Shiba when he was in town for our annual show during the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. He helped me style a Pinus parviflora which I purchased from Brian at Cass Bonsai Gardens. That type of one on one is invaluable. I learn so much.

Brian & Dave have been wonderful and I am really impressed with how supportive and helpful everyone has been to shimsuki and myself being new to the art form. A lot of "older men and women" have taken a real interest in helping my son. It seems they are so few young people involved in bonsai and at 17 I think they enjoy his enthusiasm and company. If I remember correcty your traveling. Have a great trip and a safe return.

JRob
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009, 10:47 AM »
That's a fantastic looking tree - thank you for sharing.
 

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Re: Big Itoigawa Shimpaku
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 09:10 PM »
I am new just like you fellas.  I think you're plan sounds very smart.  Taking sime time to get to know the plant (i.e. where it likes to grow, what it likes to eat) will pay off tons when it comes time to do some major work to it.  It's great material and you are on the right track.  Good luck to you fellas, GO BILLIKENS!!!

-Dave