Bonsai Rebar & Other Wonders

Have you ever used rebar to shape a bonsai? Every time I see it done, I get inspired, but still haven’t tried it. Mario Komsta calls this photo ‘sylvestris fever,’ so I guess it must be a Scot’s pine.

Mario Komsta
All the photos in this post are from Mario Komsta’s photos on facebook. Some of them are unique and most are quite compelling. Here’s a few to whet your appetite. There are plenty more where these came from.

We’ve featured Mario a couple time on Bonsai Bark and also in Bonsai Today magazine (issues 102 and 105, and a little bit in issue 104). I think Mario qualifies as a gifted, cutting edge bonsai artist.


I’ve seldom seen deadwood this good. It has all the marks of natural aging over a long period of time. I wonder how much Mario helped it along.  He calls this photo ‘just shari.’

Accent on the pine ;-) Photo and title by Mario Komsta.

Sweet bunjin juniper. No name on this one.

Mario calls this one ‘shohin shin.’

Sheer beauty, pot and plant. The one is titled: ‘flowers just opened.’

For more, visit Mario facebook photos. You can also visit his website.


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    Bonsai With Rebar by David Benavente
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  1. Al
    Posted 05/24/2011 at 10:08 AM | Permalink
  2. Posted 05/25/2011 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    I put some rebar on a Subalpine fir (Abies lasioscarpa) to move the apex over a bit. It’s supposed to take two years to hold; one year to go. The tree put out LOTS of growth this year so I think it will acrete enough to hold the position (crosses fingers).

  3. wayne
    Posted 05/26/2011 at 5:36 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the photo Al (the other Al). Stabbed that pot right through. You must be in Spain if Alvaro Ramos is you sensei.

  4. wayne
    Posted 05/26/2011 at 5:39 AM | Permalink

    Hi Al (Polito that is),
    I don’t know about firs, but if it doesn’t hold in two years, you’re up against a tough adversary.

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