Wednesday, 21 December 2011

2 new ji itas

I've finished 2 more ji itas, both are Christmas presents.

This ji ita is made from one of the elm boards I showed in an earlier post.


The burr detail on this board is lovely and the staining has really highlighted the different colours within the wood.

This ji ita is for my good friend Trev (Peter Warren).
I hasten to add that Peter didn't commission this board and it's not something that one could use in a bonsai display (too twee).

I made it to thank Peter for re-invigorating my passion for bonsai and displaying trees, I'm hoping he'll be able to use it at home as a coaster for his cuppa.

The quality of my trees has improved greatly since Peter started working on them, and myself and several members of my local club now book Pete for workshops 4 to 5 times a year.
The board was made from laburnum wood that was shown in an earlier post.

I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.....go steady on the Loopy Juice !

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Pictures of root stands and ji ita from Japan

Mark Cooper kindly took these pictures of root stands and ji ita's that he saw during his recent trip to Japan.

The larger ji ita sets were for sale at 65000 yen or £570......
Bargain, I'll get my wallet
Seriously though the workmanship on these boards is incredible.

Chuhin sized root stands (ne taku) waiting to be sold at auction.
Fantastic work.

Thanks very much Mark, I really appreciate the pictures.

Re-working of an older root stand.

This is a small root stand that I made a couple of years ago from a piece of Ash cut from a tree in my garden.
It was one of the first stands that I'd made and wasn't as good as I'd like so I re-worked it a little recently.
As you can see in my previous post I think it works quite nicely on a ji ita board with my new Ilex serrata.

The original stand
The re-worked stand:
I opened up the holes slightly and thinned the underside of the ne taku.
The stand was then stained a darker shade.

Size:100mm x 65mm x 12mm

New Ilex serrata with exposed roots

Here's a little beauty I've just taken off Peter Warrens hands.

It's most probably classed as a mame size bonsai but should work nicely in a 3 or 5 point shohin display, or even as an accent tree for a larger bonsai.
The red berries are ideal for adding seasonal interest to a display.

 Size: 115mm wide x 60mm high
The berries of the Ilex are a lovely bright red and the ideal size for mame & shohin bonsai.

The tree ideally could do with a slightly higher root stand but I think it looks quite good on the ne taku and ji ita that were at hand.

More pots from Japan

Here are some more pots that I've purchased from Japan this year.

I'll be using some of them in the coming spring for waiting bonsai.

Size: 192mm x 144mm x 45mm
This pot is for one of the Chinese Elms shown in my last post.

Size: 132mmm x 103mm x 22mm
I have a small Zelkova broom developing that I hope to put into this pot in a couple of years.

Size: 114mm x 50mm
Nothing planned for this pot yet.....things may change though !

Size: 96mm x 40mm
Potter unknown
Possibly for use with the Ilex Serrata shown in my next post.

More glorious glazes, I don't always have a tree in mind to use with them, but with pots like these you just have to buy them.......don't you ?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Some of my Shohin trees, displayed....funnily enough....on some of my stands !

I bought a few trees into the conservatory last night as gale force winds had been predicted.....I had to go to the pub and sink a few San Miguels to make sure that I would sleep ok !!

Anyhoo as I was taking pictures of some newly finished stands today I took the opportunity to take a few pics of the trees I'd bought in...nothing too fancy...I wiped the pots over but that was about it preparation wise.

Japanese Maple, this is in a Walsall pot at the moment, I'd repotted it in the spring as it had been struggling in a smaller pot. It's grown well this year so I'll leave it in this pot for a least another year.

Potentilla in Erin pot, the picture doesn't do the glaze justice.
Another Erin pot with a beautiful glaze, nice bit of wood underneath as well...................

Chinese Elm, the "rafted trunk" to the left is actually a cutting I introduced into the planting a few years ago. I've just bought a nice chinese green rectangle for spring re-potting.
This is a cracking little Chinese Elm I bought from Peter Warren, the left hand side of the tree has been re-grown as it had been damaged during import to the UK.
Peter has a great eye when buying trees, you should ask him to keep a look out for you if you fancy anything special.
Japanese White pine, purchased from and styled.....with Peter Warren !
I don't need to say anything really, I love where this tree is going...
Japanese Quince in a lovely Erin pot.
Tree purchased guessed it...Peter Warren

Hope you've enjoyed looking at them as much as I enjoy looking after them.


Please e mail me at if you are interested in buying this stand, or any of the other stands shown on the site.

2 piece ji ita board set (Oak wood)

REF: BBS 27/11/11


185mm x 160mm x 7mm (all sizes approximate)

100mm x 87mm x 6mm (all sizes approximate)

New ji ita

Here's another ji ita I've recently finished.
The idea of this board is to introduce additional movement to the piece being displayed.

This one's a keeper.....Mr Greedy I hear you shout !

I can make you one if you'd like, just e mail me for a price.

Made from Oak

Size: 262mm (to the tip) x 150mm x 5mm much for being a keeper !

With Japanese Quince in Erin pot
With Japanese Quince in Erin pot

You may be starting to realise that I like Erin pots. The pots above were both purchased as accent pots at very reasonable prices

Sunday, 13 November 2011

New oak ji ita boards with accent plants

I finished another set of burred oak ji ita boards today

I'm particularly pleased with the smaller ji ita with the irregular textured detail


 Size: 180mm x 155mm x 6mm

Size: 102mm x 89mm x 6mm

The sedum plant in this accent looks great but is a nightmare for self setting.

This deciduous fern is one I picked up from Japan in 2010. I split it last year and both halves lived on....unlike some of my bonsai