A page from the Workbook of the Anal Bonsai Hobbyist - Quarry Adventures

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A page from the Workbook of the Anal Bonsai Hobbyist - Quarry Adventures

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:58 pm

Hello Fellow Reader's

How are you today?

I am fine and Dandy.

So I calls up the Brick Factory, to get permission to pass by and sift some crushed red brick - 5 mm, 3 mm and brick powder
to aid Nick in his pot bodies [ as a fine grog, allows the body to dry and fire well.]

Unfortunately, they are presently trying a new process, and are not using the crusher.

No sweat, Trinidad has a large deposit of underground naturally oil fired clays.
So off I go to South Trinidad.

Whoa the quarry has really grown!

Extremely dry and dusty hillocks of crushed clay.

We mask up and in less than an hour have 5 buckets of the clay, and dust, which I have to further wet sieve at home.

I found this porcellainite some years ago, when the two brick factories stopped crushing.
The material still has to be fired to 1100 deg.C [ small cone 04 ] as some of it is a little soft.
BUT I have enough to last for 2 or 3 years.
Not to fuss, break out the large kiln, I have need of some large 5" deep on the inside clay pots for a few J.B.pine.
So I will make some pots and put the clay into it.

Lastly, excellent news. The land surveyor says I have a hill of builder's gravel on the land up North Trinidad, so I
may have an inexhaustable supply of Bonsai soil ingredient, If the project works out.
Wish me luck.

When I returned to Trinidad, the land of intermittent or non - existent luxury supplies e.g drying oil or pigment for
oil painting supplies. I brought in seed of a tree that gives a drying oil similar to walnut oil.
Candlenut is used by Australia for paint binding.
Thus I must be anal for many other things, such as crushed red brick, and I am not sitting hammer in hand over hollow
clay building blocks. Laughing Laughing

Fortunately, Bonsai is a universal situation as trees / soil components /clay pots and anything else is concerned. I can even have tools
drop forged if need be.
Now I have clay spread out on canvas drying the sun, much like cocoa.
Laters.
Khaimraj
















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Re: A page from the Workbook of the Anal Bonsai Hobbyist - Quarry Adventures

Post  M. Frary on Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:47 am

Catchy title!

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Re: A page from the Workbook of the Anal Bonsai Hobbyist - Quarry Adventures

Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:34 pm

not sure how i missed this post, but khai - you never cease to amaze me... that is dedication to ones art !!!

having to cobble together just the basic components in order to even begin creating something brings the endeavor back to a time when thats what everyone had to do in order to create...

we (being the collective "we") sure do take for granted the convenience of being able to buy what we need from a local vendor...

gathering your own soils from anal quarries (thanks mike) and making your own pots is one thing,
but DROP FORGING TOOLS ?!?! Shocked
fuhgedaboudit !!! ThumbsUp

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