Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

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Build Your Own Tokonoma

photoBe the first kid on your block to build your own tokonoma! On April 3 at pfm bonsai, Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society will host the return of this killer workshop that produced some swell displays in 2012.

The workshop will be led once again by David Knittle, famed in the bonsai community for his woodcraft and exquisite bonsai display tables and stands.

Assemble your very own LED-lit maple or cherry tokonoma from pre-cut kits meticulously prepared by David, perfect for displaying your bonsai trees, accents and mini-scrolls. Two sizes are available—choose the best size for your trees!

Even if you’re all thumbs, you’ll produce a beautiful result under David’s close supervision using only basic tools and some elbow grease. The workshop starts at 9 AM and ends when the tokonomas are finished.

We are limited to 8 people for this workshop so reserve your space today by emailing Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

 

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August 30 Club and Estate Sale

Bring your wallets to the August MHBS meeting at PFM Bonsai when our Club and Estate Sale starts at 10 AM. Three estates worth of bonsai pots and books will be on sale—cash, check or charge—along with member trees needing their next home. Club members, remember to bring your trees and other sale items by 9:30 AM, clearly priced.

After lunch Pauline will conduct a Shitakusa and Kusamono Workshop—work with Pauline’s hand made pottery and accent material or bring your own. It’s great timing for putting together your displays for the club show in October. It will help to bring a list of trees you hope to display. Register by email: pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

See you Sunday!

FREE Scroll-making Workshop Feb. 22

display-ca-bonsaiIf there’s anything harder to find than good scrolls, it’s good little scrolls. On February 22 at PFM Bonsai you can make your own for FREE under the guidance of Molly Beverage and Sandy Kiszkiel who have completed the ABS workshop for this ancient craft. The scroll size of 3″ wide by 11.5″ deep is perfect for small tokonoma displays. Scrolls will be made of paper-backed silk and the inset art will be 6” x 2 ¼” on heavy watercolor paper. There will be space and supplies to create your own art for the scroll or you can bring a piece of art from home to use.

There are many steps involved in scroll making so the workshop will begin at 10 am, break for lunch and a short club meeting, and then finish up after lunch.

There will be no charge to members for the workshop, but as there are some items that will be purchased specifically for the workshop, we are asking members RSVP to Molly at mbevera@gmail.com to reserve your place BY FEB 8. See the MHBS February TWIG for fabric choices.

Bonsai on slate slabs to be showcased

Inviting everyone to the Slate Valley Museum’s First Friday Night celebration this Friday the 5th from 7 to 9 pm. The Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society will be exhibiting the bonsai members planted this year on the slate slabs we found in the Mettowee River by the museum. There will be some exceptional pieces on display so don’t miss it! The museum’s website is http://www.slatevalleymuseum.org.

Schmalenberg Tour

DSC_0232An August 3 field trip to Martin Schmalenberg’s Stillwater Studio revealed a master in his element. Marty offered a program on rock planting and conducted a personal tour of his bonsai garden and studio.

Here are some photos.

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Tokonoma Workshop Results

Tokonoma materials

Tokonoma frame

Tokonma assembly

Tokonoma framed

Finished Tokonoma

David Knittle returned last weekend for the long awaited MHBS Tokonoma Workshop at PFM Bonsai. Two days of vigorous sanding, staining, sanding, finishing, sanding, assembly and sanding under David’s careful eye produced seven gorgeous lighted tokonomas suitable for shohin. David then gave a great Sunday afternoon presentation on tool sharpening. Thank you David!

Jim Doyle visits MHBS – photos

Jim Doyle visited MHBS in April. Here he turns on the charm during lecture.

Jim helps a member style a Ponderosa Pine.

Display options for a cascade.

Tokonoma scroll etiquette.