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MHBS August TWIG

mhbslogoDownload the August TWIG Newsletter to read about upcoming club events like the Aug. 30 Shitakusa and Kusamono workshop with Pauline, Sept. 27 mossing trees and moss gardens with Adriano, and the big Oct. 11-12 MHBS club show in Saratoga. Also, sharpen your tools with David Knittle on Nov. 22.

TWIG Newsletters and Upcoming Events

Cheryl-Manning

Cheryl Manning.

Attached is the May edition of the Twig Newsletter because it’s been a very busy spring and this is the first chance I’ve had to upload it. Members have already gotten their copy directly, of course, but here it is if you need it or aren’t yet a member.

A couple of exciting workshops are coming. On June 28 we design white cedars with award-winning bonsai artisan Mark Arpag, and on July 26 we host Cheryl Manning in a workshop and demo. Ms. Manning was a student of John Naka, the father of American bonsai, and apprenticed in Japan with bonsai master Yasuo Mitsuya, owner of Tokai-en in Toyohashi.

Contact Pauline at PFM Bonsai with questions or to register for either workshop. Space is limited.

Upcoming Events and the April TWIG

Budi Sulistyo and not your tree.

Download the April TWIG here. This month’s MHBS newsletter includes some great advice for potting season from Pauline, plus reminders of upcoming events including a special April 25 demo and workshop with our fresh-from-MABS guest Budi Sulistyo. Mr. Sulistyo will demonstrate on material chosen at MABS and offer the tree in a club raffle. His bring-your-own-tree workshop starts at 10 AM and space is limited so register now.

On Monday evening, May 4, Ted Matson returns to work with members on their own trees, one or several. Register in advance.

There’s still time to register for MABS in East Hanover NJ, April 18-20. Meanwhile get back to wiring because potting season will shoot by fast.

Big Bonsai Stock Sale August 23

mhbslogoThe Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society invites you to a giant sale of bonsai material, pots, books and more on August 23 at PFM Bonsai in West Charlton. On hand to help you choose your next tree will be guest bonsai master Jim Doyle of Nature’s Way.

Mark Comstock is bringing a big selection of hardy bonsai stock and there will be pots, books and more on sale from the estate of MHBS founding member Josie Biondo.

Arrive early for the best selection. All are welcome to browse and shop from 9am to 5pm. For more details call Pauline Muth at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

Forest Workshops this weekend

JuniperForestOECreate a forest this weekend at PFM Bonsai. Saturday and Sunday workshops with Pauline offer great material including amur maples, junipers, Chinese elm, quince and larch. After the lesson, choose a slab or container (or bring your own) and start creating. The class is $40 plus cost of materials. No class charge for members of the Intermediate Class. Trees ranges from $15 each.

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED PLEASE. Email Pauline@pfmbonsai.com or call 518-882-1039 (you may leave a message if there is no answer). Space is limited so your registration is a commitment. BRING TOOLS, WIRE AND LUNCH.

More May events to save time for:

• May 3 and 4 workshops on amur maples and others
• May 10-11 advanced study group with Ted Matson (filled)
• May 17 open workshop
• May 18 MHBS workshop and demo with Tropical Bonsai Queen Mary Madison
• May 24-25 Wild Bonsai Weekend with eastern white cedar collected trees, workshops with Mark Arpeg
• May 31-June 1 Frank Mihalic design workshop with your trees

January TWIG

mhbslogoIn a world where success is measured in decades, another fleeting year is behind us. Our trees are in deep freeze (hopefully not tropicals) but spring is just weeks away. Attached is the first edition of the TWIG NEWSLETTER for 2014. In it are upcoming events for 2014, the Chinese Year of the Horse (beginning January 31), a year for making efforts to improve. Also included are some Bonsai New Year Resolutions you may wish to pledge. Happy New Year!

I drew a picture today

photoIf only growing them was this easy.

Snappy comeback

doctor_3The next time someone refers to your bonsai as a hobby, you might share that while it takes seven years to become a practicing attorney and eight to become a doctor, most bonsai competitions consider someone with less than ten years experience a “beginner.”

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.

In Life as in Bonsai?

“Seek to understand the root. It is futile to argue as to which single leaf, which design of branch, or which attractive flower you like; when you understand the root, you understand all its blossoming.” – Bruce Lee