Transformation in bonsai

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Transformation in bonsai

Post  Robert Steven on Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:05 pm

This is one of the most historical bonsai in Indonesia which is still alive....

This Casuarina belonged to Mr. Ismail Saleh, founder of ASPAC and patron of Indonesian bonsai. The below picture was how it looked like when first displayed in the 1st. ASPAC in 1979 in Bali and got the prized from Saburo Kato.

After few years, its trunk started to rot..dying..and out of care for many years before I found it at the corner of Mr. Saleh's garden about 6 years ago; then I offered to take care of it before he agreed to give it to me.


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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:08 pm

After its condition was recovered, I started to re-style it...and set the original back as the new front....


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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:11 pm

...and here is how it looks now. I will change the pot later to improve the design.....

About the "transformation" concept in plant physiology and morphology which we can apply to bonsai design, read my second book "Mission of Transformation"..can be ordered through www.stonelantern.com


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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  pongsatorn.k on Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:23 pm

Very impressive! Very Happy

regards,
Pongsatorn.K

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:39 pm

Robert,

A very elegant mother and child.
Good to see, that it didn't just end up dead.
Stay well.
Khaimraj

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Post  stephen clarke on Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:37 pm

lovely tree Robert and great work

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Post  Mohan on Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:41 pm

Hi Robert,

Grand revival and transformation Exclamation Congratulations cheers

How old is it now Question

Regards,

Mohan.

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Post  thomasj on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:27 pm

Yes really good work on it's recovery and restyling. Now it looks it very much Indonesian. Very Happy

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  Robert Steven on Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:06 am

Mohan, It's about six years now with me...

Thomas, it speaks Chinese as well...haha....

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Post  Todd Ellis on Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:08 am

Robert,
I am amazed at the transformation! Simply beautiful!!! ... shi shi!
Best,
Todd

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Post  newzealandteatree on Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:32 am

Robert, wonderful transformation.

Cheers and regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  iben on Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:36 am

you are "special one" robert... king

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  handy mick on Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:57 am

I think this is what bonsai is about. Our bonsai climbs with us then declines much later with age, then climbs again as with this tree and its new owner, well done robert.
can i have it next? Wink

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  Robert Steven on Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:32 am

Handy..bonsai is a never ending art...unless it's dead.

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Post  Tom Benda on Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:11 am

I like it so much now! In its new front...
Good You´ve saved this one for future.

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  Ravi Kiran on Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:51 pm

Hi Robert, Excellent transformation. I really like the small pads. However I'd like to know from your experience, how long would this finished design hold its shape. It is evident from the pic just before the finished pic that Casuarina grows pretty. So how long before the finished trees outgrows its perfect shape??

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Post  priya uthama on Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:54 am

very impressive restyling,

Indonesia is fortunate to have you Mr.Robert

thank you for saving bonsai which have historical value.
sunny

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Re: Transformation in bonsai

Post  Robert Steven on Sun Mar 13, 2011 3:46 am

Ravi, I guess you mean the foliage balls. You need to pinch the needles from time to time to maintain the shape and they will get shorter.

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