Saturday 31 March 2012

A new visitor in the garden

We spotted this little fella / girl at 7.00am this morning.

I took 4 pictures in total all with the flash and he / she never flinched.
I've obviously got awesome nuts !! smutty comments please.
 I was standing around 5 feet away to take the pictures, I was telling my good lady it was for artistic purposes, but actually I didn't want to be savaged by the wild creature.
It's a good job Rocky the one eye Robin wasn't on patrol or there would have been hell on
I love this shot and the apparent pose.


I've just completed this root stand, and I'm very chuffed with it.
It's been made from mahogany from an old door frame, a piece of the wood is shown below.

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

Mahogany timber starter
Width 150mm

Depth 150mm
Height  42mm

REF: BBS 31/03/12

This stand would be ideal for a semi cascade shohin tree out side of a rack, or to use within a formal display rack to adjust the height of a tree and improve the flow of the display

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

Tuesday 27 March 2012

Pictures on Morten Albeks blog

The stands in my last post were made for Morten Albek of Shohin-bonsai Europe.
Morten has kindly posted some fantastic pictures of the stands with some of his trees on his blog, I have put the link below

I have also shown some of the pictures below:

I look forward to seeing more pictures from Morten soon as his trees start opening their spring foliage

Saturday 17 March 2012

2 new root stands packed & posted today.

I've just finished 2 root stands (ne taku) for a client, they were packed and posted today.
I was happy with how the stands turned out... 2 nice pieces of wood.

 Mahogany ne taku

 American Walnut ne taku

More trees from the BSA show at Willowbog Bonsai

This show is exactly how a bonsai show should be, lot's of great trees, excellent venue and facilities and great people.
This doesn't happen by accident, it's down to the hard work of Peter and Jean Snart and the members of the BSA committee and lots of helpers & people taking the time and making the effort to put on a ball bustingly excellent show.
Anyhoo enough of my ramblings here are some pictures of my favourite trees and displays.

 Les Storey's Blackthorn
 Kaz's Juniper
 Simon & Gill's Maple
 Mr Warrens White Pine
 Look at the moss on that.....some may say anal.....many now say Trev
 Fiona's awesome accent...she did tell me the name of it but I am a cabbage and forget things.

Update: Fioan's plant is a Fritillaria michailovskyi....many thanks Fiona.
 Peter Tombs Itoigawa Juniper
 Mark & Ritta's Red Pine & Trident Maple
 Mike Rose's Black Pine & Zelkova
 John Armitages Chinese Elm in a Walsall Ceramics pot.
 John Armitages beautiful composition
 Mr Armitages white pine
 Simon Haddons accent planting, note the frog to the left, a lovely touch.
 Mark & Ritta's White Pine....sazzin frazzin Dick Dastardly
 Fionas pine in a lovely pearskin pot
John Armitages display, Junper, Chinese Elm, Quince, Zelkova and White Pine

Monday 12 March 2012

British Shohin Association show at Willowbog

I've just had a fantastic weekend at Willowbog bonsai nursery taking part in the British Shohin Association show.
This show just gets better & better, the quality of the trees and displays were awesome.

I am happy to say that there were quite a few of my stands in use at the show, I've added some of the pictures below:

My favourite composition from the show, displayed by John Armitage on one of my sycamore ji ita boards

Peter Warrens fantastic, aged white pine, the bark was incredible. Displayed on a sycamore ji ita board.
Graham Walkers Korean Hornbeam on a mahogany ne taku
 Larch on a walnut ne taku
 My zelkova on a walnut ji ita
My white pine on a chinese root stand sat on one of my sycamore ji ita boards.
 Lovely accent on my elm ji ita
 Fiona's lovely accent on an oak mini ji ita
 One of Bob Baileys stunning mame on an Ash mini ne taku
 My potentilla on the newly finished elm root stand, sat on an oak ji ita
 My chuhin Hinoki on a burr oak ji ita, displayed with my potentilla (pictured above).
Peter Snart very kindly allowed me to peddle my wares over the weekend.
Sales went very well, many thanks to everyone that bought something, I hope that you'll enjoy using them in your displays.

Fiona Wallace's stunning winter flowering jasmine, a beautiful tree and part of Fionas award winning display.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, I'll add more pictures of the trees on display later.