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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Hi everybody,
here are some first impressions of the best Tony Tickle BURRS Bonsai workshop weekend ever!!!! I hope that all who have pictures and comments about this amazing weekend will post them here so that they will be all under one banner and easy to find for all! More pictures and comments will follow soon!!! It was such a pleasure and honor to be a part of it all again and I want to share that through these pictures with everybody!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer


Below: Hard at work!



Me and my great friend Pavel the "magician" in the kitchen at "BURRS".




On this years memorable Saturday night Smithy is trying to set Tony on fire!




Me hard at work on one off the best Yamadori Pine that I have ever worked on!



Will concentrated carving away on one off the many he helped with!



Hope you like them?!
More will follow!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  Mitch Thomas on Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:41 pm

Hans
Looks to be a great event, another thing to add to my bucket list!
Thanks for posting!
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:24 pm

Mitch Thomas wrote:Hans
Looks to be a great event, another thing to add to my bucket list!
Thanks for posting!
Mitch
Hi Mitch,
you should come! They come from everyware to experiance this unique event! It is in the middle of a beautiful park, with only a small old pub "brown cow" with in falling distance!



Here are some more pictures!

On the way to "Burrs" we saw the great city of Manchester in the morning fog mist.



This in taken on that same location, just in front of the bunkhouse were we all work, drink and sleep! This is just before me and An were snaped by "BURRS"! Very Happy   



A wonderful Hawthorn with a great future! This shot was made on the Fryday afternoon the day before it all would start and before any work was don.



What a wonderful hobby Bonsai is!



A sweat little Larch, one of the many trees that were created during this weekend!



Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  Jerry Meislik on Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:42 pm

Hans,
Thanks for posting. Looks like a great time was had by all.
The trees also look quite lovely.
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Post  Andrew Campbell on Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:05 am

Thank you to Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje
Had an amazing weekend.  Thought I would post my little Taxus Cuspidata (Japanese Yew) that consumed most of my time at Burrs.  I purchased this from Wattston Bonsai Nursery from Dougie who is a top bloke.  Grew very well all year and was more than ready for its first styling. Here it was at the beginning of the weekend...


A Bush



Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje both had a think about the Yews future



Work
First I had to remove a large Lump at the back of the tree which was unsightly and then remove a branch from the inside of a nice line through the trunk.


Then I wired the first major branch and removed all the foliage from the second trunk. Leaving it to Jin which will run into a shari later on.


Me hard at work, wiring, cleaning and stripping bark for jin.  Also the use of a Picea Abies (European Spruce) as a cap stand for my new Ryuga Cap.



Styling
Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje. Hans styling and Marcio watching and offering advice.



Finished Tree
Notice the use of negative spaces Wink


Close up of the foliage that wraps around the large jin.



Thank you again to both Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje who not only discussed with me and where i should go with the tree, but also periodically checked on me and talked me through my (or "our" I should say) work

I will also post more pictures of the event at a later date

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Post  Mitch Thomas on Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:44 am

Where is the like button?
Awesome job!

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Post  DangerousBry on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:01 am

Friday evening we ate over in the Brown cow pub. Meeting New faces and drinking a few beers! Later on we then made our way over to the room to check out the trees.
Terry Foster and Hans Van Meer made they're way across the room instantly to take a look at my Hawthorn.

We chatted about how to approach enhancing the styling of the tree.
Hand taking that Reference photo

Working some of the deadwood.






The Finished tree, and all the bits that were trimmed off.



During the evenings banter, I found Terry squinting and measuring up the days styling. Hans came across the room with a beaming smile "My god...have you seen that tree from over there!!??"

Great times... A pleasure to meet you, and Thanks for all your help.

Loads of fantastic work going on over the two days!! You didn't have time to count the number of finished trees!!!

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Post  jtay123 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:47 am

Hi all.

See link for images. (I will post some on here when i get time).

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.386467188150122.1073741833.283709218425920&type=1

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:48 am

Thank you to Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje

No thanks to you Andrew for trusting us and following up on our advice! It was a valuable little yew and it thakes courage to cut away that much branches and foliage! And your trust was rewarded with a very promising little Shohin with pretty OPEN SPACES! Very Happy  And thanks for bringing that large bottle of Smirnoff and sorry that I finished it all on the Saturday Night!

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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Post  Guest on Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:38 pm

It appears to have been a great weekend as expected, with a lot of fun and inspiration.

Many thanks for sharing Smile 

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  yamasuri on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:16 pm

Thanks for sharing all that beautiful pictures and stories.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:46 pm

Here are some more images.

Two days hard at work wiring the tree and creating some heavy bends in two under arm thick branches!




My evening lecture about proper branch building and OPEN SPACES was well attended! I got my point (OPEN SPACES!!!) over and we had some laughs...didn't we?!




My old friend "The man" Tony Tickle hard at work! I would like to take this opportunity to tank him for creating and hosting this unique event ones again!



Graham and Pavel. Smilling faces all arround!



This lovely picture of the bunkhouse were everything happens is made by Brian Dillon! I am sure he dont mind me using it!



This picture of my mate Mikey and me was made late on the Saterdaynight while we were working on his Pine.



My new friend Marcio Meruje from Portugal consentrated at work on a Pine....what a tallented guy!



My dear long time friend Terry Foster doing what he is sooooo good at! Tanks for tacking us in to your warm home again and say hi to Olie for us!!!



Terry helping me wiring the last branches of this amazing Pine while Marcio is looking on.



More wil follow!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

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Post  my nellie on Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:40 pm

Thanks to everybody for sharing these very special moments!
One successful year more for this special event!
Congratulations to Tony for this achievement!

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Post  Fore on Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:11 pm

Love seeing photos each yr of this event guys! Thanks for posting pics of some awesome trees. And what a great lecture topic Hans, 'Open Spaces'...something I still have problems with.

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Post  my nellie on Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:29 pm

So, here you go Fore A rock planting that shows it all for empty spaces.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:34 pm

Great weekend with great friends!!!!!!

Thank you all!!!!!ThumbsUp ThumbsUp ThumbsUp 

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Post  -Daniel- on Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:34 pm

These are unforgettable moments spent working with bonsai friends. Thank you for the beautiful pictures! ThumbsUp 

Regards, Daniel Very Happy 

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Post  DangerousBry on Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:55 pm

Hi Hans!!!
Of course you can use my Photo :)

That wa taken in the -1 temp as I went for a wonder to clear my head Sunday morning!!!

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Post  chris on Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:34 pm

What a weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here are some before (Friday night) and after (on Sunday)










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Post  chris on Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:38 pm

Rob transformed a little yew






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Post  chris on Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:45 pm

Dean listened to ideas and then with Terry overseeing this happened









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Post  chris on Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:58 pm

Rob worked a first styling on Tony's pine








Stunning !!!!

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:22 pm

Some more memorable moments!

Big Rob's great Pine creation!




How cool is this?! Making loveley people happy! (please PM his name).[/ Very Happy 



After the taisty diner some happy "Blue grass" from ? (please PM his name).






Terry and An on their way to "Burrs" stoping to take pictures of Manchester in the mist.





Happy Andrew and happy me with his new Bonsai.



Fire eater Smithy with his big smal Hawthorn.



More to come!
Cheers,
Hans.

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Post  marcus watts on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:36 pm

i hope rob transformed a little larch Chris Very Happy  if it's a yew the branches kept are looking dead and the ones above are so yellow the whole tree would be dead soon

the pine is very nice indeed hats off to the big man Rob, its now a bonsai and one with a good future ahead by the look, my favorite by a long way Laughing 

the camra beer festival looked fun too Very Happy  - was there an engraved mug

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Post  Andrew Campbell on Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:35 am

Hans van Meer. wrote:Thank you to Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje

No thanks to you Andrew for trusting us and following up on our advice! It was a valuable little yew and it thakes courage to cut away that much branches and foliage! And your trust was rewarded with a very promising little Shohin with pretty OPEN SPACES! Very Happy  And thanks for bringing that large bottle of Smirnoff and sorry that I finished it all on the Saturday Night!

Cheers,
Hans van Meer.
Well I have seen your work so the trusting thing was no problem really.  As for the Smirnoff....I have never seen anyone drink vodka like that.  I can you see that you commit yourself fully to everything you do lol.  I will remember to bring two bottles next time haha



marcus watts wrote:i hope rob transformed a little larch Chris Very Happy  if it's a yew the branches kept are looking dead and the ones above are so yellow the whole tree would be dead soon

the pine is very nice indeed hats off to the big man Rob, its now a bonsai and one with a good future ahead by the look, my favorite by a long way Laughing 

the camra beer festival looked fun too Very Happy  - was there an engraved mug
Was indeed a Larch Marcus. I snapped a quick pic of the front when we got back to Rob's. Not a great pic though, lovely bark for such a small tree.




Here are some more pictures of the weekend.

Another big pine that Rob styled


Rob bending Tony's pine


Smithys Pine courtesy of Terry Foster


Chris Thomas' Larch was cordoned off


Pavel sketching wor Tony's Hinoki


Tony Tickle and JP singing Grandad...grandad to Malcolm (Molly)


Then there was this that Molly brought to kill people with.....it isn't Gin....not by a long shot

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