The general display with workshop tent in the back ground
Potentilla and Silverberry
Yew and Juniper
Blackthorn for the club demo
Saturday lunchtime I picked out a Hawthorn to carve. Some work had already been carried out but needed tidying up and some movement adding to the line of the tree. Flat cuts were made irregular and given some movement
All the holes were joined up to stop water collecting
Much more dynamic movement now
The top finished for now
Carving never really shows up well in pictures. Some detail was added but until the wood seasons the finest detail cannot be added as the wood is fluffy
First workshop was Sunday with 9 students and Monday we had 8. We discussed everyone's trees as a group before commencing work. Most of the students had never really used power tools before so I made a start on each tree and then with guidance, each student carved their own tree. We went through safe ways to carve and which bits to perform specific tasks. This is a much better way to learn and gain confidence with the tools.
The pained expression is the local Cider wanting to escape
Getting ready to start
Tony's big Pine was too big for the tent
Large Berberis with a straight cut branch
Roughed out with a Makita
Refined with a Dremmel. More work to remove the tool marks but with limited time this was a taster of what can be done. I was really impressed with the way everyone listened and put what I had said into practice.
The deadwood now echos the subtle movement in the trunk
Privet collected from a hedge last year. This inexpensive material can be taken to a much higher level with carving the cut stubs and adding movement
On this tree I showed how to add movement to the outside before hollowing out
Kristina's work to add some detail after the roughing out. Everyone used different tools to great effect.
Tony's Pine and the cut branch that needs working.
The Makita was used to rough out the work. Got my Cider face on again.
The branch was undercut to create a hollow
Movement was also carved on the relatively straight branch
Not much detail was added at this stage as the wood was wet.
I will refine the carving at Burrs in a couple of months time.
Tony was happy with the initial work.
The club demo on the Monday. All the carved material was exhibited and a few were discussed. Members from the Wirral club came down for the demo and were amazed at the quality of the carving that had been carried out by beginners. I was really proud of them. This Blackthorn is going to be a top class tree in the future. Beautiful muvement in the trunk and amazing bark quality too What needed to be done was carve the straight cut branches to create some movement and age to them. This was all done with the Dremmel
Unfortunately the light was very poor in the hall and I was working in my own shadow most of the time.
A few faults that need correcting
I have only included a couple of the trees that were worked on purely because I didn't have time to take pictures as I went along. Thanks to Tony and Kristina for most of the pictures of the workshop.
The man that put this weekend together. Simon is hugely enthusiastic about bonsai and worked really hard to make it all work. Looks like it will be happening again next year too