Micheal Hagedorn’s Respect for the Natural Way (& Newly Upgraded Website)

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This shot is from the portfolio on Michael Hagedorn's recently upgraded Crataegus Bonsai website. I'm too busy now to try search out the varieties (I couldn't find them in his portfolio), but I could guess that this one is a Rocky Mountain juniper, though I wouldn't carve that in stone.

The thing that I really like about Michael Hagedorn’s bonsai is the respect he shows for the natural way of bonsai, by allowing each tree to speak for itself. And very skillfully too, with an equal respect for bonsai technique.

If you know Michael’s bonsai, you already know what I just said, but what you might not know is that Michael just upgraded and improved (as you know, not all upgrades are improvements) his website. I’d like to encourage you to visit Crataegus Bonsai and see for yourself.

And while I’m at it, I’d like to encourage you to visit Stone Lantern and delight at our beautiful bonsai tools, books, wire, turntables and so much more. And now is the right time with our 20% to 25% off Site Wide Sale

 

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Michael has a soft spot for Chojubai quince
 c2A juniper with a wraparound living vein. I won't guess this time, though the foliage is similar the one above.

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There are a lot of great yamadori pines out west and this one is no exception

Michael Hagedorn’s Post Dated is still the best bonsai read
and now, with our Site Wide Sale it’s 20% off our already discounted price

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Be There! This Weekend’s Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo Is Waiting for You

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This pitch perfect 'natural touch' naked slab forest and the other photos seen here are part of a package designed to whet your appetite for this weekend's Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

If you are anywhere near North Carolina this weekend, one of North America’s premeir bonsai shows, the Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo, is waiting for you.

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Winter Silhouette Bonsai Expo

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Colorful Bonsai to Brighten these Sun-Short Days

azalea6This Satsuki azalea photo was taken to emphasis the flowers, rather than the tree. If you were to take a photo of this tree when it's not in flower, you'd take it a from a point a little lower to better show the powerful trunk and nebari.

Here’s a little bonsai color to brighten up these sun-short days. Including four shots from our New 2017 Japanese Calendars

…NEW 2017 Bonsai
& Japanese Garden Calendars

Now double discounted at Stone Lantern
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This lovely Satsuki Azalea is from our New 2017 Bonsai Calendar

 

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Another Satsuki azalea from our 2017 Bonsai Calendar

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And yet another Satsuki azalea from our 2017 Bonsai Calendar 

 

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Narcissus in a funky bonsai pot. Got a strange old pot lying around that just won't work with any of your trees? Here's Michael Hagedorn's solution.

 

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This colorful shot is from our 2017 Japanese garden calendar.

Bonsai Monarch

kurocascadeFull cascade Japanese black pine (Pinus thumbergii). Japanese for Black pine is Kuromatsu (kuro is black and matsu is pine).

Busy trying to keep up with the much-stronger-than-anticipated results of our 20% off Site Wide Sale, so once again we’ll call up a favorite from our archives. 

Japanese black pines are sometimes referred to a the king of bonsai. This may be in part due to their natural strength; they tend to have powerful trunks and thick lush foliage. Rugged bark doesn’t hurt either. King or not, the best of the black pines are undeniably among the most powerful bonsai in the world.

All the photos shown here are from the 89th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition that took place February 2015 in Tokyo. We found them at Michael Bonsai.

Speaking of Pines…

Bonsai Books August 2016

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Is this Black pine or a semi-cascade or full-cascade? What distinguishes full from semi-cascade, is full cascades reach below the bottom of the pot. In the case the lowest point is just barely below the bottom of the pot.

 

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Short, squat and powerful. Is that a trunk or a massive hunk of living wood with bark and branches?

 

JBP2Another powerful trunk, though this one has bit more of a trunk-like form. And then there are those prized deep furrows.

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JBP3Another massive, strangely shaped trunk. Do you think the pot a bit too big for the tree?

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Itty-Bitty Bonsai

tinyThis tiny Shimpaku juniper belongs to Yoshiyuki Kawada.

We’ve long loved (and featured) Haruyosi’s tiny trees and pots. Yesterday I stumbled upon another Japanese mame* bonsai artist who also makes their own pots. His name is Yoshiyuki Kawada, and though I’m just becoming familiar with his trees and pots, so far I’m impressed.

*Mame means bean and is sometimes used for tiny bonsai

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This tiny Shimpaku has a very powerful feel for such a small tree

 

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Tiny Pyracantha with smoke

 

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Itty-bitty pot

Our most popular item so far this season…

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Robert Steven’s extraordinary, beautiful shears in a lovely bamboo box

We just got news that 30 more will arrive here before December 10th
Still plenty of time for U.S. orders to arrive before Christmas
Orders for other items will be shipped in 2-3 business days

 

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Is this a Crape myrtle?

 

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Nice glaze

Eccentric or Just Twisted?

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Doing the Twist. This tree belongs to Mauro Stemberger (Italian Bonsai Dream). Mauro has one of the most dramatic bonsai collections in the West, and though this one certainly qualifies, is there a line between dramatic and eccentric?

Two of the trees in this post are naturally twisted and the other two were twisted by the hands of man. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble telling which is which.

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dupichEven though there’s something unnatural about many of the twisted by-the-hands-of-man bonsai, some work better than others and this one qualifies. Photo by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai Tonight.

Beautiful 2017 Japanese Bonsai & Garden Calendars are here

(see below)

pine-1This natural looking dynamic twisty pine with its perfectly chosen pot was posted on facebook by Tae-Kukiwon-Bonsai (aka Eduardo Mourão Guedes).

 

twist1Not a bonsai but twisted in the extreme. I’m pretty sure I've never seen tree this twisted, though there are some Whitebark pines Pinus albicaulis  at the treeline on Mt Lassen in Northern California that come pretty close. This photo is from Carlos van der Vaart on facebook.

2017 Japanese Bonsai & Garden Calendars

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Need the Right Present for Your Bonsai Mate?

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Need the right present for your bonsai mate?

even if he (or she) can’t stand on one leg
on a locked (let along spinning) turntable
they’ll still love their Green T

it’s a truly remarkable deal!

Though you might expect to pay at least twice as much
our amazing Green T professional hydralic lift turntable
is only 345.00
with FREE Shipping included (U.S. only)
(by agreement with the manufacturer no discounts apply)

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Not only is it a great tool, but it’s beautiful

In Japan hydraulic lift turntables have been the standard for years, but their prohibitive costs have limited their spread in the West. Thanks to professional researchers and the collaboration of well-known bonsai professionals, we are able to offer you a tool inspired by the Japanese turntable and improved in several details (including price).

GreenT is Bigger

The surface is 58cm (23 inches) diameter instead of the usual 50 cm (almost 20 inches). This allows you to work on your largest trees and your smallest trees. You can comfortably use the excess space to have your tools easily accessible.

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Stronger

The work surface is made out of phenolic marine pine plywood which is painted and coated in solid non slip rubber (4 mm thickness, hardness Shore A 70 ). Lifting capacity is up to 200 kg (440 lbs). Tightening screws and threaded bushes are completely made of stainless steel. All the materials used in the construction of Green T guarantee an excellent outdoor weather resistant turntable.

More Useful

Green T features a metal base with five-star support (five horizontal ‘legs’) for maximum stability and a hydraulic foot control lift that adjusts to a maximum height of 60cm (23.6 inches) and a minimum of 43 cm (17 inches). The swing brake of the table can be disconnected with a simple movement of the pedal. Five removable eye screws, located under the bottom edge of the work surface, allow you to anchor your bonsai to the table (see below).

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Lighter

Even with the superior features listed above, at 15 kg (33 lbs), Green T weighs the same as its Japanese competitors.

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Massive Mugo pine resting on a Green T. The prize winning tree belongs to Paolo Riboli. The turntable could belong to you.

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Great Trees, Great Shots

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Sweet Yamadori Shimpaku. Originally from Japan (see text just below). The uncropped original is below.

I just discovered a site that features near perfect photos of exceptional Bonsai. In this line of work, that’s a welcome combination. Their name is Bonsai Baison and their tag line is, “We Are the Best Quality Bonsai Importer from Japan” You can visit them on facebook and on their website.

Our 2017 BONSAI CALENDARS ARE HERE!

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Another sweet Shimpaku. Like the photo above, I cropped this one for a closer look. The original is below.

 

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An 'art shot'

Speaking of Shimpaku Junipers…
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our famous Juniper book is doubly discounted

list price 29.95
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The original photo of the lead tree

 

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The other original

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NEW Masters Bonsai Shears Ergonomically Designed by Robert Steven of the Highest Quality Stainless Steel

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NEW Heavy Duty Masters Shears
designed by Robert Steven
of the highest quality stainless steel

each in its own in Wooden Bamboo Box

 

These awesome NEW heavy duty stainless steel bonsai shears were designed by Robert Steven and produced to create a beautiful and superior ergonomic tool for the connoisseur of the finest tools for the best bonsai results. Every curve and detail on this powerful tool ensures comfort and durability as well as artistic beauty. To see it is to be delighted and to hold it and use it is to be doubly delighted. The material used is highest quality 5Cr1MoV steel processed to hardness HRC60. Because we know this is a tool for the ages, each one has a lifetime guarantee. 8.25″ (210mm)

 

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Bonsai Dreaming (on Such a Winter’s Day)

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I'm guessing that this is a Mugo pine that was originally collected in the mountains of central Europe (the Alps?). It belongs to Mauro Stemberger, a long time favorite here on Bark.

Gearing up for the big push (the whole year condenses to next three or four weeks), so we won’t spend too much time here. Just enough to brighten up your day (on this cold grey and snowy winter’s day) with three of our favorite Mauro Stemberger bonsai from his Italian Bonsai Dream website . And to remind you about Stone Lantern and our Site Wide Sale.

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KILO ROLLS & OTHER BONSAI AESTHETICS WIRE

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Looks a Norway spruce, though a quick search turned up nothing on this tree and Mauro doesn't say. No matter, it's a superb classically styled conifer.

 

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I think we've shown this one before. Like the one at the top of the post, I'm guessing that it's a Mugo, though if you've been paying attention you know that my guesses are a 50-50 proposition.

 

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