Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

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Archive for Design

March 2015 TWIG Newsletter

mhbslogoDownload the March TWIG here and start styling. Upcoming events include a March 29 land and water penjing workshop with Pauline, an April 25 Budi Sulistyos demo and workshop, May 31 tree design fun with David Hodgetts, and white cedar design with Mark Arpag on  June 28.

February TWIG

TedMatsonInstructingonBlackPineDownload the February TWIG newsletter to learn about coming events with superstars like David Knittle, Ted Matson and Budi Sulistyos. Sign up for the FREE (to members) scroll-making workshop on February 22 with Molly and Sandy. Design club trees with David Hodgetts, land and water pending with Pauline, and much more.

December TWIG newsletter and news


Don’t try this in Japan.

Download the MHBS December newsletter HERE to get a sneak preview of 2015 club events like a David Knittle carving lesson, Budi Sulistyos BYO workshop and Hinoki with Dave Hodgetts, white cedars with Mark Arpag, a Cheryl Manning workshop, and much, much more. Details on the December 6 annual Holiday Dinner and Auction are also included in the December newsletter. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from MHBS!


Frank Mihalic workshops top TWIG October newsletter

Yeah, you never got around to your styling chores this summer. Despair not, on both Friday October 24 and Sunday October 26 Frank Mihalic hosts design workshops for club members at PFM Bonsai. Bring armloads of your trees for styling and consults before bedding them down for winter. Register at

Following Sunday morning’s workshop, Frank will do a rock planting demo and raffle the planting.

If you can’t make the October workshops, come by PFM Bonsai on November 23 for an open workshop. Read more in the TWIG October newsletter HERE.

Helpful tree sketching video

Bonsai Masters Visit PFM Bonsai

The 2014 MHBS calendar is filling up fast, and even more special events are planned at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton. If you’re ready to turn your good bonsai into great bonsai, sign up for the Martin Schmalenberg design workshop on Sunday March 16, and/or the Frank Mihalic design workshop the weekend of May 31-June 1.

Bring plenty of trees, tools and wire for either of these events and watch your bonsai evolve toward specimens under the guidance of two of bonsai’s top tree designers. Or choose a new tree to design from PFM Bonsai stock. Fee for Martin Schmalenberg is $65 per person for the day. Frank Mihalic fee is $85 per person per day. Both are incredible bargains as your trees will grow in beauty and value. Register in advance at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton: or 518-882-1039.