Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

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Miliea Chiem Rocks Bonsai and Other News

Guest Miliea Chiem seeks negative space in her demo tree at MHBS’s September club meeting. Ms. Chiem, a student of Colin Lewis, hosted a workshop as well and helped select club trees for the upcoming MABS event.

In coming months, MHBS is looking forward to brush painting with guest artist Linda Schultz in February, a March visit from Mark Arpag with bonsai material, an April event with guest artist Tony Tickle from England. Plus Young Choe, bench making, rock plantings and more. Download the latest MHBS TWIG newsletter here.

 

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The Return of Mauro Stemberger

No, it’s not a new motion picture, it’s the real deal. On May 13 and 14, Mauro Stemberger will spend two days in workshop mode at pfm bonsai as MHBS hosts the Italian Stallion of bonsai. Bring your own trees to this weekend workshop and Mauro will help you transform them. Though he especially enjoys working with pines, junipers and larch, Mauro is happy to add his expertise to any of your trees. You may even survive his wiring instruction.

The workshop is all day Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, starting at 9 AM each day. We will order in lunch on Saturday and take Mauro out for dinner on Saturday evening. Let Pauline know if you want to come out with us.

The workshop fee is $60 for both days, and Mauro’s Sunday afternoon demo tree will be raffled. Register today while space remains by contacting Pauline at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

February TWIG Newsletter

From the Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Alliance website, some borrowed poetry:

safe beneath the ground
my bonsai hide from winter
resting until spring

If poetry doesn’t bend your twig, The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society has plenty to keep your fingers warm until spring, including:

FEB 26 at 12:00 noon – Cotoneaster with Pauline Muth
Learn how to use this versatile species for bonsai and, if you wish, participate in a shohin sized cotoneaster thymifolia workshop after the lesson. The cost of the material is $45. Please call or email Pauline to reserve a place and bring tools and wire. Club members, bring something to share for lunch at noon. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

MARCH 25 – Collected larch and cedar
Kris Springer, well-known for his superior collected material, will bring larch and eastern white cedars to sell on this Saturday. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

MARCH 26 – Learning larch
Colin Lewis and Maliea Chiem will consult on larch. Get ready for spring potting, larch give you a slim window. At pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue, West Charlton, NY.

Download the MHBS TWIG for February.

 

 

Schmalenberg Returns

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It’s a great time to style certain trees and with perfect timing, Martin Schmalenberg is dropping in to help. On Sunday, November 13, Martin will be on hand to work with you on designing your trees, $50 for the day-long workshop that begins at 9:00 AM.

A noted bonsai teacher, Martin studied in Japan with Hiroyoshi Yamaji and Mikio Oshima, and in the states with Nick Lenz, Boon Manakantivipart and many others. We are fortunate to host him regularly at pfm bonsai.

Bring your trees,tools, wire and lunch. RSVP while space remains to pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039.

Go Bonsai Wild June 11-12

MihalicWho says bonsai people can’t go wild? On June 11 and 12 at pfm Bonsai, a Wild Bonsai Weekend welcomes new bonsai material from the wilds of Maine and beyond, collected by wild guys Kris and John of Black Dodge Bonsai. On Saturday, slightly crazy bonsai master Frank Mihalic returns to help style those trees for an insanely low $75 for the day, with lunch. Register at pauline@pfmbonsai.com, and don’t forget your tools, wire and meds.

May TWIG Newsletter

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Download the May TWIG newsletter to catch up on summer activities with the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society, including a can’t miss weekend, May 21-22, with truckloads of bonsai stock from Mark Comstock and design assistance from bonsai master Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way Nursery. Jim will work with you and your trees on one or both days for a $50 fee, so register now.

Need new trees? Who doesn’t? Mark Comstock’s truck brings plenty of good new material and it’s first come, first served, so arrive early (but not before me). Club members may also bring trees, pots or whatever to sell. You never know when you’ll find the perfect pot.

This special weekend event is open to all, club members and curious newcomers alike, at pfm Bonsai in West Charlton, NY, May 21-22 from 9am to 5pm. Lunch both days is pot luck depending on what our members bring. For directions to pfm Bonsai, or to register for Jim Doyle design help, email Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

April TWIG and New Events

MARK-ARPAGDownload the April TWIG newsletter to learn about events like:

April 24: Our 3rd annual Eastern White Cedar day with Mark Arpag. Sign up for the 9:00 AM workshop and bring your cedars or purchase one. In the afternoon Mark will do a demo on Eastern White Cedar and we’ll raffle the tree.

May 21-22: Jim Doyle and Mark Comstock Weekend. Purchase great material from Mark and get expert design assistance from Jim. Don’t let your dream tree get away.