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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.

 

 

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.

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.

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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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 to redirect a branch.

Then he shows the tree displayed in a tokonoma. By the way, my guess is that Mr. Schmalenburg would say that tree reads to the left, not the right, and would have placed it on the opposite side of the scroll. Just my guess, based on his comments in last weekend’s pine workshop at PFM Bonsai.

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!

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/ for more information.

October 28: Open BYO Workshop.

November 18: TBA event with Tom K., location to be announced.

December 2: The Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner at Charlton Village Tavern.

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, Granville PA.

October 20: Nature’s Way Fall Open House in Harrisburg PA. See http://www.natureswaybonsai.com/ for more information.

November 18: Mame workshop with Tom K., place TBD depending on the weather.

December 2: The Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner at Charlton Village Tavern.

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.

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.