Crazy about Bonsai!

Uchi, or Crazy, as he prefers to be called, was our guest artist and judge for our first-ever judged show in the long history of ABS shows. There was some hesitation by longtime members, and after only 7 years of advancing the concept, it was finally included as a facet of the show. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the critique led by Crazy was remarkably educational. I even heard one of the longtimers utter the phrase, “we should have done this a long time ago.” Any cynical comment here will do:
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After the judging and critiques were complete, Crazy conducted an afternoon demo, free for all visitors and members to observe. The material was a shimpaku from Evergreen Gardenworks. I liked the trunk movement, and I had spent the last 18 months walking around it in my garden considering the many styling alternatives. I had a few ideas in my mind, but was eager to see what Crazy would do with the tree, and the material was good enough that several nice options were available:

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A nice shot from above shows how evenly-distributed and balanced the foliage is. Wiring is tidy and effective; every branch is wired out to the tips, and each tuft of foliage is given a spot in the sunshine. This image is a good study on initial pruning and wiring.

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And from from front:

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Over time, the jins along the trunk will be connected, and the heavy area along the trunk, while it has good movement, also has a bulge which will become Shari that connects the jins and helps tell the story of the tree. Here is a virt of the carving that will come over the next couple years.

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The next couple posts will feature the show’s trees…stand by!

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