Be 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 bonsaiContinue reading “Build Your Own Tokonoma”
Category Archives: Tokonoma
FREE Scroll-making Workshop Feb. 22
If 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 forContinue reading “FREE Scroll-making Workshop Feb. 22”
Download 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.
An 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.
Bill Valavanis and trunk/branch splitting
I got a pitch pine from Martin Schmalenburg last weekend and the trunk splits a couple inches up from the base so I might try splitting it down closer to the base in spring, if I don’t lose my nerve. I just found a neat video by Bill Valavanis where he uses this technique toContinue reading “Bill Valavanis and trunk/branch splitting”
Tokonoma Workshop Results
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!
September TWIG and upcoming events
Download the September TWIG newsletter here. Upcoming club events include: Sept 29: David Knittle Build a Tokonoma Workshop at PFM Bonsai. September 30: David Knittle Sharpening Bonsai Tools presentation, plus tool sharpening at PFM Bonsai. October 4-7: International Stone Appreciation Symposium, Granville PA. October 20: Nature’s Way Fall Open House in Harrisburg PA. See http://www.natureswaybonsai.com/ forContinue reading “September TWIG and upcoming events”
August TWIG and Upcoming Events
Download the August Twig newsletter here. Upcoming club events include: August 26: The Club’s Annual Picnic plus an open workshop with David Easterbrook at PFM Bonsai. PLUS a big fundraiser Lawn Sale and Silent Auction. Sept 29-30: A David Knittle double event: Build a Tokonoma / Sharpening Bonsai Tools. October 4-7: International Stone Appreciation Symposium, GranvilleContinue reading “August TWIG and Upcoming Events”
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 opportunityContinue reading “June TWIG and upcoming events”
Jim Doyle visits MHBS – photos