Thursday, 27 October 2016

Prunus Mahaleb update

Based on this particular tree I begin to become clearer to the fascination of
developing raw-material.
It is a matter of decisions. I like to make (designing-)decisions!
And I have to do alot of decision at that stage of development.
The wild-cherry before selection of branches :

Monday, 17 October 2016


Hello again.
An example-case of carving on a Prunus Cerasifera with the untouched viewing side
before "the grind" and afterwords.
The tree itself is not a cracker-one, 'just an object of trial.
It had a dry truncpart from the base untill the top.
First I removed the dry bark with a coarse steelbrush in a powertool.
Then I did the carvings.
The wood of Prunus-species is nice to carv. 'Quiet hard and good to be bleeched with
The design is not finished yet. The whiteness of the sublime parts is too unnatural bright,
but time and wether will give a humble patina to that.
'Hope you enjoy ...

Friday, 14 October 2016

Project_Thuja_Occi. + Virtual

Another new project.
I am really looking foreward to give this thuja a try.
Imho Thuja occidentalis is a very underestimatet species für designing small trees.
We have a lot of hedge-material, but no original yamadoris.
Anyway, let us see, if I will succeed with this tree ...
A project only ...

Thursday, 13 October 2016

brook-alder update

And this is, how it went on. The alder accommpained with some fungus.
I think a Coprinus-anything ... no clue ...
Designing will follow end of month ...

Sunday, 2 October 2016


This year the alder-pot was populated by a fungus.
I am not sure about the species of the fungus, maybe a member of the COPRINELLUS-family ... ?
This sort of mashrooms are decomposing dead wood (lying in the humus).
Therefore I am not worried, that the fungus will have a negative effect on the living wood-tissue of the alder itself.
Well, I hope so anyway ...

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


Last weekend my bonsai-friend Andrew gave me the honor to be my guest.
After some talk shop about my modest collection, we decided to do some work-practise.
We choose a Juniperus Chinensis blauwii to work on.
We cleared out the branch-structure for later designing in autumn.
I made a (very lousy)  picture with my smart-phone to make some virtuals as a pattern
for the designing-session.

The picture of the raw-material:

Andrew's draft in a kind of naturalistic style :


My draft :

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Prunus Mahaleb

This spring my dear friend Andrew gave me the chance to dig this wonderful tree.
The pictures shows the tree four weeks after it was yamadorised in April 2016.
Right now it is a trunk with a green "leaf-ball" on its base.
So I decided to show this early picture so one can see the movement of the trunk better.
I am really looking foreward to work with this season`s growth in late autumn ...

Nebari 42 cm


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Acer Campestre

For about five years I passed this tree on my job-tours
untill I got permission to dig it.
The size of a Fieldmaple for bonsai should be laid out in a relativ large scale (imho).
So will be the design of this tree.
It has a more masculine appearance with its rather coarse and stiffy ramification.
But I really like the powerful and charcterful trunks of Acer P..
The taper of the trunk will the top-feature of this tree.

Nebari 37 cm

Monday, 13 June 2016

Prunus Serotina

I collected this species because of the nice blossom-risps in spring.
Hopefully I will be able to show you some of these next year.
Prunus Serotina is a so called neophyt to a german (european) habitat.
The origin of this species is North America.
Because of its vigour and the strong urge to gain for light,
P. Serotina had managed to suppress P. Padus, the original inhabitant.

The tree is almost as high as wide as deep.
Well, a lot of carvingwork to do at the end of the season ...

Nebari 27cm

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Some new yamadories

In late spring this year, I did some yamadorising.
A Prunus Serotina, a big Fieldmaple and a mighty Wild-Cherry
had been on my shortlist.
I always wanted to have this species in my developing-programm.
Here are a few glimpses of the trees.
I will introduce them more detailed later on ...

Sunday, 29 May 2016


This is Andrè (Andrew), he is a really nice guy and a wonderful yamadori-companion.
I am proud to say, that he is my bonsai-buddy and friend.
He made it possible for me to acquire a prunus mahaleb, a species wich can not be digged in my native country-side.
We are "brothers in mind" according to our bonsai-passion.
We both like big and characterful yamadori-trees.
Today we enjoyed a couple of houres together spending some time talking and
having a look at my old and new projects.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Interpretation of the fairy-tale-style (FTS)

Referring to the invention of Mr. Walter Pall, I tried myself in a bit different designing
of a linden-clump.
Well, this tree seems to be fairly ugly, some might say.
But (imho) the coating of time will create a more plausible creation.
Germany's oldest tree is a 1000-years old linden, consisting actually of the four last
remaining parts of the former trunc.
Decaying is part of life  ...

Sunday, 7 February 2016


The first highlight of the bonsai-year is the journey  to noelanders trophy in belgium with my companiens.

Our annual getaway was a real fun.
Not only the experience of the terrific exhibition and traders area, but we had the great honor as well
to enjoy the gala-dinner with no one less than Walter Pall!
He is such an amusing colloquist with a sack full of anecdotes.
'Always great to be in his company ....