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PFM Bonsai March Events

SnowBonsaiYes, sooner or later the snow will go and March begins the busy season in bonsai. PFM Bonsai in West Charlton NY has announced some March events to get you in the spirit. Register in advance while spots remain at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

Sunday, March 2 at 11 AM
Kishu Shimpaku Shohin workshop. Beautiful specimens raised by the Chikugo-En nursery in California. Hardy here. Limited to 4. $100 includes tree.

Sunday, March 9 at 11 AM
Mini Amur Maple Forest Workshop. Amur Maples are the northeast version of great
maples for bonsai. These wonderful little trees will make a great mini forest.
$100 including pot.

Sunday, March 16 at 11 AM
Cotoneaster Workshop. Work with one of the varying species of cotoneaster including some raised with nice thick trunks for shohin. $75 including the tree. Limited.

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JohnRomanoShohin authority John Romano will be demonstrating techniques this Sunday, June 30, at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton during the monthly MHBS meeting. John’s demo starts at 11 and a workshop follows after lunch, for which there were still openings as of this writing. Guests are always welcome to observe at club meetings, so if you’re interested in bonsai please stop by. PFM Bonsai is on Western Avenue in West Charlton, off Sacandaga Road just south of the Route 67 intersection.

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!

June TWIG and upcoming events

Many club members are looking forward to the upcoming Montreal Trip to David Easterbrook’s & Montreal Gardens. Others are anticipating Frank Mihalic Workshops at PFM Bonsai, July 14-15, and a July 29 field trip to NE Bonsai and Royal Gardens.

Jake DeSilva’s ongoing $10 Monday night workshops at PFM Bonsai offer an incredibly affordable opportunity to work one-on-one with Jake in small sessions. Jake apprenticed in Japan and China for many years learning techniques that produced some of the best shohin from Mr. Masumi and  Mr. Urushibata, directors of the Japan National Small Bonsai Guild of Nurserymen. Though shohin is his specialty, his knowledge can be applied to all sizes of bonsai. Contact Pauline to sign up.

Not done yet. The Club’s August 26 Annual Picnic and open workshop will welcome David Easterbrook and he will bring trees. Sept 29-30, David Knittle will host a double event at PFM Bonsai: Build a Tokonoma / Sharpening Bonsai Tools—a double-exciting opportunity to score twice. And there’s more to come through fall with field trips, shohin and mame workshops. Download the June TWIG here.

Bonsai Master William Valavanis Does Shohin May 27 at MHBS

Known throughout the world for his incredible bonsai talent and teaching ability, Bill Valavanis will present a two-part program and workshop at MHBS’s May meeting, to be held May 27 at PFM Bonsai. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new online home of the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society. Over the coming weeks we will develop and organize club events, information, photography and other information of interest to members and others who appreciate the art of Bonsai or would like to learn more.

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