SOME PICTURES FROM MY WORKSHOP/DEMO WEEKEND AT THE SLOVENIA BONSAI CLUB.

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:31 pm

Hi every body,
last Friday morning I took off from Amsterdam airport to fly to Slovenia. I was invited by the Slovenia Bonsai Club to give a workshop on Saturday and a demo on Sunday. After a two hours flight that felt like being in a roller coaster on speed!
Needles to say that I was very relieved when the plain finaly landed in one piece on Ljubljana airport!
Still green in the face I was picked up by my host, tour guide and new Bonsai friend Tomaz Kovsca. Together we drove to his friends Nik Rozman's garden were I was allowed to select my demo tree for the Sunday demo. Wile under the cover of two umbrellas, it was raining cats and very large dogs, I quickly selected a lovely yamadori Silvestris Pine. The next day after a good night rest Tomaz picked me up from the hotel and we walked to a close bye more than hundred year old firehouse were this Bonsai weekend would be held. There I met up with the 14 very friendly Bonsai enthusiasts that would take part in the workshop. We started at 9 and worked to late in that afternoon! Only stopping once to have a very tasty lunch in one of the many local restaurants. On the Sunday the demo started at 9 o,clock and I managed to style the tree in just over 4 hours so that all of use could have a other long and tasty lunch in a traditional grill restaurant, before we would say goodbye! The flight back was much better and after the drive from Amsterdam to my house I finaly arrived at home late in the evening. Tired but very happy with the great weekend that I spend with so many new Bonsai friends!

Here are some images from the workshop and demo! I will post some before and after pictures from the trees that were styled when I received them from the guy's that were there!

Below: Discussing the spectacular Mugo pine that was created during the workshop. And before you all start writing angry post to me! That was my first beer of that day! Very Happy




Below: Was made during my demo.



Below: The whole gang posing behind the end resuld. The smiling man next to me, with his thumb up, is Nik Rozman the owner of the demo tree! Very Happy The left branch that is sticking out in to the air is left on as a backup branch!



I had a super time as a cast of Tomaz and the other members from the Slovenia Bonsai Club!
And I would like to thank them all for their trust in me and for their warm friendliness!
CU all soon!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.

You can read and see more about this trip on my blog here: http://hans-van-meer.ofbonsai.org/


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SOME PICTURES FROM MY WORKSHOP/DEMO WEEKEND AT THE SLOVENIA BONSAI CLUB.

Post  will baddeley on Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:21 pm

Hello Hans. Good to see you expanding and sharing your wisdom again. Do you have a before and after of the trees? Very Happy

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Looking good

Post  Tony on Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:42 pm

Hi Hans... Looking good.. And Beer too Very Happy


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Post  marcus watts on Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:16 am

thats more like a demo - small crowd and a few beers - what a refreshing way to style a tree Hans, keeping a 'plan B' branch in case the one that was styled dies - in my mind details like that, actually caring for the owners material, sets you apart from many of todays stylists where the instant 'finished in a day' image seems to be all that matters.

it looked like you had a good time, cheers

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Post  my nellie on Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:34 am

will baddeley wrote:Hello Hans. Good to see you expanding and sharing your wisdom again. Do you have a before and after of the trees? Very Happy

Hans van Meer. wrote: ... ... I will post some before and after pictures from the trees that were styled when I received them from the guy's that were there!... ...

Very Happy

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Post  chris on Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:12 am

HI Hans, looks like you had a good time all smiling faces at the end of a full week end says it all, and that little Mugo looks great.

Regards Chris

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Post  rolandp on Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:12 am

I had the luck that i could participate on this workshop form Hans Van Meer and all I can only say it was simply great and amazing. Lots of knowledge, positive energy, experience, creativity….it was a truly inspiring weekend. For me this workshop represents one of these things what make doing bonsai so good and special. Very Happy

Hans thanks one more time for the great Weekend, all the knowledge, the great energy,...

I hope we will repeat this as soon as possible.





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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:09 pm

marcus watts wrote:thats more like a demo - small crowd and a few beers - what a refreshing way to style a tree Hans, keeping a 'plan B' branch in case the one that was styled dies - in my mind details like that, actually caring for the owners material, sets you apart from many of todays stylists where the instant 'finished in a day' image seems to be all that matters.

it looked like you had a good time, cheers

marcus


Thanks Marcus,
during a workshop I will always ask what ideas the owner has for his tree. If they have one or two, I will look if what they see in their tree is posible to achieve! If it is posible but there are better options with their idea in mind, than I will explain that to them. If their idea is not doable I will explain why. If I see a better design for their tree, than I will try to explain why I believe that is so, but I will still not enforce my idea or style on them. I realy believe that a teacher should cherish and nourish the ideas that students have of their own! Students, especially the ones that are not to experienced yet, need to form their own imagination and way of styling. Otherwise we will only end up with a lot of bonsai that look like the once that the teacher makes at home and that is simply wrong!
The demo on the other hand was a different story! Nik Rozman the owner of the demo tree, kindly allowed me to style his precious Pine in my own way! This way I could show how I work in my own garden on my own trees! Because of the terrible rain when I selected this pine in his garden I had only seen it for a couple of minutes. I selected it because of the movement of the trunk, but I did not had the change of forming a idea what to do with all those long branches?! So I started the demo with a blank canvas in my mind! What I did know was that no matter what design I would choose, I had to bring that thick trunk and foliage much closer to the trunk! So I started to apply wet raffia and heavy wire to be able to bend that thick trunk and some of the thicker branches! Wile I was doing this I went trough a lot off possibility in my mind, but still did not had a fixed plan after the raffia and wire was in place! So I slowly started to bend the thick trunk as closely as possible to the trunk, wile Nik was tightening all the gi wires for me! After having don that successfully I brought the lowest branch more or less in the desired position and than suddenly saw the light and the future design for this tree! Wile holding that branch in to place close to the trunk I looked up and smiled to the audience and sad do you see that? And they all did! There was the possibility for a compact little Pine! I told them that this would mean that most off the branches would be cut off, so I asked Nik if it was allright to make his tree in this way?! He sad it is your demo and I replied, but it is our tree! So he smartly suggested, make your image of a small tree out of just two branches and when it works and it looks good, than you can remove all those unnecessary branches! If it doesn't look good you can go for the larger tree option with the branches that were left on the tree! Clever Boy!!! Very Happy So I started to bring the two branches into their places and when I was finaly satisfied with there position I again ask Nik and the audience if this design was good enough to remove all those unwanted branches? I think they all agreed it was a good design and so did Nik, but at his request on branch in the left top was saved as a insurance policy for when things would go wrong! Again a smart idea by Nik! So I removed all unwanted branches but one and then started to shape the deadwood! So the end resuld of this little Pine is not only my work, because I would not have been able to style this tree in this way with out the trust and the permission of Nik! Here are some pictures of that demo and the end resuld.

Below: Oooops I have no clue!



Below: Planed frond of the tree!



Below: Removing the bark from future Jin's. Some one asked me why dont you use powertools? I explained that doing this by hand gave me the time to bond with the tree. Giving me the change to come up with solutions and a design! Doing this with powertools needs a lot of concentration and than there is not much room for other thought!



Below: Wiring and powertools put a lot of pressure on a tree so before I started I tightened the tree to the rim of this training pot.



Below: Bringing the branches and foliage in place. Just look how fare the thick trunk is bend!



Below: The last small branch is poet into place!



Below: The end resuld.



It's a shame that the nice wide base of the tree is not visible in this picture, but I hope you can get the idea behind this design from it?!
Cheers,
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Post  irene_b on Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:26 pm

Hi Son Hans nice to see you posting and staying active!!!

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Post  Hans van Meer. on Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:14 pm

irene_b wrote:Hi Son Hans nice to see you posting and staying active!!!

Hi Mom,
how nice to hear from you! Would you believe that just a few minutes before I red your post, I changed in to my convertible T shirt, that lost most of it's color because I wear it so much. YEP! Lost maples! Funny how those things work!
And yes Mom, I decided that I had some more stuff to do and you cant keep a good DOG down (no sir)! Very Happy
Hope all is well over there in your part of this world, that is not so big after all! Very Happy
Stay well,
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:35 am

rolandp wrote:I had the luck that i could participate on this workshop form Hans Van Meer and all I can only say it was simply great and amazing. Lots of knowledge, positive energy, experience, creativity….it was a truly inspiring weekend. For me this workshop represents one of these things what make doing bonsai so good and special. Very Happy

Hans thanks one more time for the great Weekend, all the knowledge, the great energy,...

I hope we will repeat this as soon as possible.


Thanks Roland for your kind words! I had a wonderful time as a cast of your club and it was your and the others enthusiasm and eagerness to listen to my ideas that made me enjoy my self so much. Those two days were over in a flash Smile It would be great to see the wonderful job you did on your tree, so if you got some pictures, we would love to see them! Very Happy And thanks for the use of your pictures!
And I sure do hope to do this all again in the near future! And I am sure that we will!
CU soon,
Hans van Meer.



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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 12, 2011 12:40 am

tony wrote:Hi Hans... Looking good.. And Beer too Very Happy


Thanks Tony and I sure did enjoy that beer after a day of hard work! Have fun at Burrs my friend! Very Happy
CU soon,
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Post  rolandp on Wed Oct 12, 2011 7:56 am

Hans van Meer. wrote:
It would be great to see the wonderful job you did on your tree, so if you got some pictures, we would love to see them! Very Happy And thanks for the use of your pictures!
And I sure do hope to do this all again in the near future! And I am sure that we will!
CU soon,
Hans van Meer.

This is the tree before the workshop


Before the workshop I had another vision of the design with this tree, but after analyzing the tree together with Hans and after he explained what and what I believe is the most important thing, why hi thinks that the development of the design should go in this direction i decided to make it like this...and I’m very glad i did. Additional to this there was a good explanation how to achieve this design from Hans (strong bending of the trunk, branch structure ...) At the end Tomaž Kovšca helped me out with some details and this is the result.



Of course there is a lot to do in the future on this tree. The plan is to make the foliage more compact, with a better definition and branch structure, define the sharis on the trunk,... but at the moment a good step was made.

CU Soon Smile

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Janez Mugo.

Post  Hans van Meer. on Thu Oct 13, 2011 11:53 am

Hi everybody,
I am glad that I received pictures from Janez that show the before and after of his amazing Mugo that he styled during the workshop!
Below: The Mugo before the work started. Just look at the amazing deadwood on this tree! They are signs of the struggle that this old mountain pine had to go trough during his life! So they must play a importand role in the future design!



Below: Right from the begining it was obvius that the future design would be one in the cascading style, so we discussed all the possibilities how to accomplish that in a way that would show all the unique features of this tree! There are two major branches growing from the base of the tree. The red arrow points at the top one of the two. This branch is, although pretty and with a lot of deadwood, to straight and the foliage grows to fare away to be useful in the design. The yellow arrow shows the second branch that falls downward like a snake. This branch has beautiful deadwood running along it and is more suitable to be used in the cascading design! But even this branch would need heavy wiring and major bending to get to were we more or less wanted it!



Below: From this angle it is good to see how straight that top branch is (red arrow)!



Below: Here you can see that Janez bravely cut off most of that straight top branch and made it in to a still rough long Jin (green arrow). At home Janez will try to bring more movement into that fresh jin! We discussed the possibilities to do this with the help of steam to soften the wood! I am sure that Janez will find a way to achieve this goal in one way or a other! Wink



Below: Close up of Janez deadwood work.



Below: The end resuld! Janez did a wonderful and brave job on material that wasn't that simple to style! With only some guidance from me he styled a amazing cascading pre Bonsai with a very promising future! Well don Janez!



I hope that more pictures will be send to me so that I can show them here to you all!
Hope you enjoy the pictures?!
Cheers,
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Post  Ron de Roo on Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:43 pm

Hee Hans, Nice to see you making bonsai again. (And drinking beer)
Great demo as usual.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:43 pm

Hi Hans
Definitely a nice trip. Very good work. Very Happy ThumbsUp
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:27 am

Ron de Roo wrote:Hee Hans, Nice to see you making bonsai again. (And drinking beer)
Great demo as usual.

Ha die Ron! Yes I am slowly trying to do more and more Bonsai related stuff! And would you believe that the few beers I drunk in Slovenia were the first in many mounts! So they tasted like manna from heaven! Very Happy
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:30 am

Pavel Slovák wrote:Hi Hans
Definitely a nice trip. Very good work. Very Happy ThumbsUp
Gretings Pavel

Thanks Pavel! Almost time for Burrs, I hope you will have fun there! Smile
Cheers,
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Post  Hans van Meer. on Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:21 pm

Hi everybody,
Matej Planinc mailed me some pictures of his Spruce that he worked on during the workshop. I would like to share this with you all because the work that was don on this big Spruce was so much different from most of the other trees that were styled that day. Although there are some gentle curves in the trunk of this Spruce, I would still call this tree a classical example of a formal upright evergreen that you can see all over the Alps! So it was only logical that it would be styled in just that way, like a real live full-grown Spruce! So no major bending on trunk or branches would be necessary! But even though we decided to style this Spruce like it’s big cousins on the mountains, this those not mean that design mistakes were allowed! When you style your small tree to look like a real tree, you have to downsize the image in your head to Bonsai size. That will automatically mean that a lot of branches have to be removed to create the open spaces that you are use to see on full-size Spruce’s! If you don’t do this you will only create a small Spruce with the outline of a large one! It will end up looking just like a Xmass tree! Open spaces on any Bonsai will provide us with a lot of information about height and distance of the imaginary tree image that the artist want to show to us! So we selecting ideally placed branches and removing the unwanted ones! Were branches grew opposite of each other, only the best one was left on. Branches growing in the inside of a curve, obstructing the flow of trunk were cut off! The crossing and to thick branches and the ones that were obstructing the view of that mighty trunk line were also removed! On places of interest stumps of those removed branches were left on to (maybe) be converted into Small Jin's. All branches that were left on were wired only to bring them more or less in the desired position and to open up the spaces between them so that light and air could reach the inside! This way many new buds will appear all along those, now still to long branches. So that in the next couple of years those branches can be made shorter and shorter! A new top was created to get a better taper on the tree! And after tilting this Spruce to the right it also has a wide root base that is not so clear to see in these pictures, so it is a very promising pre Bonsai that will only get better and better over the years!



Below: Discussing the tree with Matej.



Below: The end resuld for now. The large stump you see sticking upward on the right side of the second curve, was left on because it tells a logical and interesting story of the hard live this old tree had! It will be converted into a Jin. In the future when the branches have become shorter, they will be rewired again and then more movement will be made in to them. But thats for later! Smile



Hope you enjoy these pictures!
Cheers,
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Post  Nik Rozman on Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:29 pm

It sure was a weekend worth attending. All thanks go to Hans who filled us with new knowledge and a different aproach to bonsai. See you again soon my friend. Btw. good work on the demo pine. Wink

All of you can find some more photos on my blog. Here and here.

Below is my tree before and after the weekend with Hans + a photo before collecting in May 2007








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Post  Hans van Meer. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:25 am

Nik Rozman wrote:It sure was a weekend worth attending. All thanks go to Hans who filled us with new knowledge and a different aproach to bonsai. See you again soon my friend. Btw. good work on the demo pine. Wink

All of you can find some more photos on my blog. Here and here.


Hi Nik, thanks man! I am glad you enjoyed your self and that you like your demo Pine! Thanks for trusting me to work on your yamadori and for giving me a carte blanche for it's styling! I am somewhat sorry that 2 days earlier I had asked you to help me to wire the many branches on your Pine. Because during the beginning of the demo I discovered that I realy only needed two small branches to style your Pine, so I did not need to call for your help after all! This was unintentional and I promise that the next time that I am doing a demo at your club, I will pick out a tree with 200 branches and let you wire it until you to make up for it!
Great that you posted these pictures of your unique Larch so that everybody can see what a good job you did!
Hope to CU soon!
Cheers,
Hans van Meer.


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Post  ybonsai on Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:59 pm

Hello Hans,

It's been a while.

Looks like you have done a wonderfull demo.
And gave an interresting workshop!

Best regards,
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Post  coh on Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:15 pm

I enjoyed reading about the work done on these trees (and the progression photos are very helpful). Thanks for sharing! What kind of spruce did Matej work on?

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Post  Nik Rozman on Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:16 pm

Hans van Meer. wrote:I am somewhat sorry that 2 days earlier I had asked you to help me to wire the many branches on your Pine. Because during the beginning of the demo I discovered that I only needed two small branches to style your Pine, so I did not needed to call for your help after all! This was unintentional and I promise that the next time that I am doing a demo at your club, I will pick out a tree with 200 branches and let your wire it until you to make up for it!

That sounds like fun for the whole (bonsai) family Laughing Can't waith for it!

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Post  Nik Rozman on Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:17 pm

coh wrote:I enjoyed reading about the work done on these trees (and the progression photos are very helpful). Thanks for sharing! What kind of spruce did Matej work on?

Chris

It was a common European spruce picea abies

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