Bonsai Rebar & Other Wonders 5/23/11

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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4 thoughts on “Bonsai Rebar & Other Wonders

  1. 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).

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

  3. 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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