This powerful Rough Bark Japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Arakawa') is approximately eighty years old and stands 70cm (almost 28") high. Walter Pall imported it from Japan this year as semi raw material. Walter has an excellent series of photos on the tree's transition since he received it.
We could devote all of Bonsai Bark to Walter Pall’s trees and seemingly never run out of material. But then, Walter is already doing that with his blog, his website and on facebook, so all we have to do to enjoy his bonsai wizardry, is occasionally touch in.
In case you don’t know Walter Pall, he identifies himself as an entertainer on facebook. There is truth to this according to people who have seen his demos, but he could have just as easily said ‘highly accomplished bonsai artist, educator, entrepreneur, promoter of the art and entertainer.’
Bigger than you thought. Nothing like a little indicator of scale to put things in perspective. We're going to assume that those are normal size human hands. You can visit Walter Pall's blog for more photos of this and other remarkable bonsai. This photo of our Masters Bonsai Soil appears on a post we did last year called Modern Masters Bonsai Soil. It included a treatise by Walter Pall on Feeding, Substrate (aka Soil) and Watering.