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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:58 pm

putting together my wisconsin state fair exhibit...

the state fair exhibit is not at all like a regular bonsai display (i.e. very limited room, only 1 back wall, so no "scrolls" etc)
basically its just a bunch of trees put on tables for the public's perusal... maybe an accent but not much more...

so, i need to submit it tonight and while i feel that the tree is solid, as usual i was stuck for a stand, and came up with 2 possibilities...
so opinions (and justifications) welcome today:

tall stand:

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short stand:

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and while "neither" is not an option, opinions as to why not would be beneficial for future reference...

thanks !

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Post  JimLewis Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:16 pm

Both stands are too small (diameter) for the tree and pot. I'd rather see the elephant on the small stand and the tree on the mat.

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Post  LanceMac10 Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:54 pm

If these are your options, you should use the taller one.
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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:07 pm

jim - due to the low levels of the tables (not standard display height) i wanted to elevate the tree...
(and also force some distance perspective on the accent)
re the diameter, i wanted the crescent to appear "perched" rather than "plateaued"
but i do see what you mean in that the it could be a wider stand...

lance - you chose your words very kindly Wink

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Post  LanceMac10 Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:06 pm

First Heine opened......Threadbomb!!!!

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I finally potted this year as I was sick of looking at the shower basket it was wired into...a BIT wobbly!!!
Some interesting roots, actually, but I cut so much other fine roots out....left myself NOTHING to wire down to the pot!! Hehhehee, buried ya' go my friend, ooppsss...... tongue Pretty solid now, o welll....

 Creep Peep at NoJo's hanger...

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Post  Leo Schordje Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:10 pm

tall stand - definitely

given the choices

you need to collect more "found objects" so you have an assortment of stands to choose from.
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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:26 pm

lance - dose is nice !!!
and i dig the trunk and diving 1st branch on nomad johnny's...

having only done this for 3-4 years it seems like spekboom are almost all i have ready for show... Rolling Eyes

leo - you know me... i gots lottsa that stuff... just never what i need when i need it Evil or Very Mad

and after plundering my stash over the past few days and coming up empty, i ended up picking up both these choices yesterday at the goodwill and then doing a hasty earl scheib on 'em... seems like crescent pots are a little tricky to site.

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Post  JimLewis Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:11 pm

Do you have or can you get an old stump that you could level and use as an "elevated" stand?

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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:23 pm

i do, but it was way too large for this...
those are always something i keep my eyes open for and even recently bought an electric chain saw for the leveling...

oh well... like i said to leo, i (we?) never have what we need when we need it Wink
and it is only state fair after all...

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Post  PaulH Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:44 pm

I agree with Jim. the mat is the only decent option regardless of height. the others are just too small and make the tree look unstable.
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Post  JimLewis Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:45 pm

Thank You!   MUCH too small! A concrete block with a pillowcase (or black cloth) wrapped carefully around it would be better. Or lay several red bricks down and sit the pot on those, or, how about . . . (pardon the quickanddirty photo) an old picture frame . . .

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Post  LanceMac10 Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:48 am

Poor Kevin...I can see him now.....



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Back to the drawing board...meh, it's a state fair. Folks'll be loaded up on fried dough and corn-dogs wit' all da' fixins'...........
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Post  jgeanangel Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:08 pm

Hey Kev... If those are the only choices i would use the taller stand. I do not agree that the stands need to be necessarily bigger.... Especially since you are using a mat. You might consider cutting and painting a piece of 4 or 6" pvc pipe...maybe even place a small board on top of the pipe....you can cut the pipe to whatever length you want.

For my taste, i believe the focal point of the display needs to be on highest stand....can't really recall any decent displays in which the accent was higher than the tree.

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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:30 pm

i guess i wasnt clear when i said that i had to turn it in last nite... that meant everything was in my car for delivery directly from work, so there was no back to the drawing board...

jim - i tried a few bricks as i have a bunch of really cool old city street pavers but i didnt like the color with the pot

john - i did consider a piece of pipe and i have a concrete one, but it was too tall and the grey color clashed with the browns of the pot and it is really old and i didnt want to break it and i didnt want to paint it and and and and bounce

again, had to keep it simple for state fair and i am happy enough with the taller of the 2 stands
and its at least good enough for the type of girls i tend to date Razz

thanks again for the input

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Post  geo Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:28 am

Kevin.you are just too much! Only a true optimist lands him-herself in this particular type of shite (state fair,corn dogs and all that):just love it.I wish I was more like you!The tired old human world needs more guys like you.Keep on keepin on.Hope you enjoyed the hell out of it.
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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:58 pm

aw shucks... Embarassed
thanks geo What a Face

i had fun and the judge liked it enough to hit it with a blue ribbon Rolling Eyes
(only novice division though)

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:54 pm

Beautiful effort Kevin.

Would have focused on a simple way to elevate the bonsai, perhaps a white tall papered box and maybe a rock for distance.

Thanks for showing.
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