A table/stand to match a tree

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A table/stand to match a tree

Post  marcus watts on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:44 pm

hi all,

what properties should a top quality stand have to match the intended tree? i'll be looking to find the perfect display stand for one of my trees but initially am wondering what hard and fast 'rules' apply to the pairing up of tree and stand - it will be for a show tree, 3ft high, evergreen, 24" oval custom pot from Alan at china mist - pot beginning to age a litle as 9 years old now. Tree is mature, been in a bonsai pot for the last 30yrs or so.

half of me wants to go beyond tradition and look at slate or granite for the stand (with legs, not a plain slab) but I equally want to do the tree justice - pics will follow after a few ideas appear

cheers Marcus

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:52 pm

About 1/3 larger than the pot, so if the pot is 24 inches long the stand should be 36 inches long and about 21 inches wide (depending upon width of the pot). depth of pot and style of tree would dictate height of stand try stand as high as pot is deep.
I bought a new stand at last weeks BSF 2011, it was made by a craftsman in southwest Florida.

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  Gentleman G. on Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:45 am

Do you mean a small stand for setting on a table??? If so, I'd go with Billy's dimensions. If you are talking about a monkey pole/free standing type of stand, since you mentioned granite, you may want to have a look at the stands on this thread:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t6879-bonsai-exhibition-na-zvonici

I particularly like them. I think I would personally go for a dark stain or use some aged wood.

G

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  Guest on Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:01 am

There are no rules, only taste. The dimensions Billy mentions is a good guideline though, but in the end it is how it looks that matters.

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  chris on Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:30 am

Hi Marcus, I think this is the tree you are talking about,


I think you should use a slab type stand, it will compliment the tree well and it won't raise the tree to high, one problem with tall trees in shows is the back drops are never tall enough to encase them. I would like to see the stand run off to one side, this would entail thinking about the direction of the tree and as we discussed on the weekend this would mean addressing the apex and moving it back to the right of the base of the tree.

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  marcus watts on Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:55 am

thanks everyone, yes Chris it'll be a stand for showing the Hinoki.

I like the idea of a slab as the trree is tall enough already, but would also consider a traditional stand for more 'formal' occassions maybe?

The tree is ungrafted, 40" tall, 33" across at the widest point, trunk is about 5" across above the root flare. I know its been in a bonsai pot for well over 25 yrs as it passed from a private collection to Robert at St Mawgan about 20yrs ago (I bought it then fully wired and styled it 3 yrs ago). This year I repotted into a China Mist oval 24" x 17" x 3.25" that I had made about 10 years ago that has nice earthy tones.





I like the idea of a slab, tapering off to the right but that will be a beast of a piece of stone !!

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Re: A table/stand to match a tree

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:10 am

Why not a quarter sawed slab from a log.

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