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Bonsai Introductory Course Jan. 14

Bonsai admirers who want to learn the art of bonsai have a great opportunity as Dave Hodgetts begins a new Bonsai Introductory Course at pfm bonsai, January 14 at 10:00 AM. Designed for beginners and those in need of refreshing their bonsai skills, this multi-session course will cover in detail:

• Classic structuring and designing of bonsai
• Styling and the basic styles
• Bonsai tools and usage
• Selecting bonsai stock
• Pruning, wiring and shaping techniques
• Containers, potting and transplanting
• Care and maintenance

The course typically meets for ten sessions but the number of days needed to cover the material will be determined by participants at the first session, so bring your calendar.

The course is $250 (plus tax). Additional costs are modest and include nursery trees, pots and wire. Each student will receive a copy of the ABS Introduction to Bonsai Note Book and will create at least one bonsai. Students may use studio tools. If you wish to purchase your own, the studio has tools and supplies available.

Classes will be taught by David Hodgetts and held at pfm bonsai studio, 7 Western Avenue in West Charlton, NY. To register or learn more, contact Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

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Wire Your Larch Workshop

Larch in snowYour larch bonsai are bored. There they sit in the snow waiting for spring. It’s time to spice up their winter with a good wiring, and Sunday’s the time to do it.

Join MHBS at 12 noon this Sunday, January 31 at pfm bonsai, for a brief larch wiring program by Pauline and an afternoon of wiring your larch or whatever else needs new wire. If your trees are frozen you can still wire it but save the bending until spring. Bring trees, tools and wire. If you need wire, the studio is fully stocked with copper and aluminum. Nothing to wire? Come and watch or buy something new to work on. Trees from Pauline’s greenhouse may be kept in the greenhouse until spring.

Feel free to bring something to share for the group’s lunch. Club members, pay your 2016 dues, sign up for workshops, MABS or ABS, socialize, and see 2015’s events in review on the big TV.

As always, guests are welcome.

January TWIG Newsletter

Well, we’re finally into winter, the holidays are a fading memory, and it’s time to do some tree wiring, the featured activity of MHBS’s January meeting on January 31, which all club members, bonsai enthusiasts and curious onlookers are welcome to attend. Download the January TWIG newsletter here for more upcoming events at Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society, including:

• JANUARY 31 Larch Wiring Workshop

• FEBRUARY 28 Make your own pottery workshop

• APRIL 8 FRIDAY Mauro Stemberger workshop and demo

• APRIL 15-17 MABS in Connecticut

• APRIL 24 Eastern White Cedars with Mark Arpag

• MAY 12-15 ABS in Grand Rapids MI

• MAY 21-22 Special Weekend with guests Mark Comstock and his truck of stock, plus Bonsai Master Jim Doyle conducting bring your own tree workshops

Bonsai Beginner Class starts March 1

1850625418_710cc589c9_oNew to bonsai? Come up to speed quickly, conquer your bonsai fears and start building a great tree collection in this American Bonsai Society ten-week course starting March 1, 2014.

Taught by Dave Hodgetts, the course covers a lot of ground, including design, selecting tree stock, styling and tools, wiring and bending, containers and display principles and, of course, care and maintenance

Classes will be held at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton. To register or ask questions, contact Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or at Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

mhbslogoDownload the September TWIG MHBS newsletter here.

SEPTEMBER_TWIG_2013

This edition is packed with timely information about the 2013 ABS event in Saratoga Springs that our club is sponsoring. There’s still time to register for seminars, and important information for club volunteers is contained herein. Roll up your sleeves.