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The Return of Mauro Stemberger

No, it’s not a new motion picture, it’s the real deal. On May 13 and 14, Mauro Stemberger will spend two days in workshop mode at pfm bonsai as MHBS hosts the Italian Stallion of bonsai. Bring your own trees to this weekend workshop and Mauro will help you transform them. Though he especially enjoys working with pines, junipers and larch, Mauro is happy to add his expertise to any of your trees. You may even survive his wiring instruction.

The workshop is all day Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, starting at 9 AM each day. We will order in lunch on Saturday and take Mauro out for dinner on Saturday evening. Let Pauline know if you want to come out with us.

The workshop fee is $60 for both days, and Mauro’s Sunday afternoon demo tree will be raffled. Register today while space remains by contacting Pauline at 518-882-1039 or Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

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Bonsai Gatherings

FatherSon1Our official MHBS clubhouse, pfm bonsai in West Charlton, has announced some exciting upcoming events to soldier us through spring.

February features a Shitakusa/Kusomono Workshop on the 21st, an Art of Wiring lesson on the 27th, and Accent Pot Making at the monthly MHBS meeting on the 28th.

March brings out the trees with an Amur Maple Shohin Bonsai Workshop on the 5th, a Blended Tree Shohin Bonsai Workshop on the 6th, and a Father/Son Larch Bonsai Workshop on the 12th.

Also, Monday Night Bonsai get togethers will resume in March. Join club members at pfm bonsai for an evening with our two favorite food groups—bonsai and pizza. No cost, just a small contribution for the pizza. Please email Pauline by Monday morning so she has a food count.

Curious guests are always welcome at our club meetings and are also welcome to inquire about workshops. To learn more, contact Pauline at 518-882-1039 or by email at pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

 

 

Wire Your Larch Workshop

Larch in snowYour larch bonsai are bored. There they sit in the snow waiting for spring. It’s time to spice up their winter with a good wiring, and Sunday’s the time to do it.

Join MHBS at 12 noon this Sunday, January 31 at pfm bonsai, for a brief larch wiring program by Pauline and an afternoon of wiring your larch or whatever else needs new wire. If your trees are frozen you can still wire it but save the bending until spring. Bring trees, tools and wire. If you need wire, the studio is fully stocked with copper and aluminum. Nothing to wire? Come and watch or buy something new to work on. Trees from Pauline’s greenhouse may be kept in the greenhouse until spring.

Feel free to bring something to share for the group’s lunch. Club members, pay your 2016 dues, sign up for workshops, MABS or ABS, socialize, and see 2015’s events in review on the big TV.

As always, guests are welcome.

January TWIG Newsletter

Well, we’re finally into winter, the holidays are a fading memory, and it’s time to do some tree wiring, the featured activity of MHBS’s January meeting on January 31, which all club members, bonsai enthusiasts and curious onlookers are welcome to attend. Download the January TWIG newsletter here for more upcoming events at Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society, including:

• JANUARY 31 Larch Wiring Workshop

• FEBRUARY 28 Make your own pottery workshop

• APRIL 8 FRIDAY Mauro Stemberger workshop and demo

• APRIL 15-17 MABS in Connecticut

• APRIL 24 Eastern White Cedars with Mark Arpag

• MAY 12-15 ABS in Grand Rapids MI

• MAY 21-22 Special Weekend with guests Mark Comstock and his truck of stock, plus Bonsai Master Jim Doyle conducting bring your own tree workshops

Jan. 27 – Wiring Deciduous Bonsai

1850625418_710cc589c9_oJoin MHBS at the Voorheesville Cooperative Extension and learn how to wire your deciduous trees. It’s a great time of year to do it without all that pesky foliage, and senior club members will be there to offer help. Bring your trees, wire and tools, or just come to observe. Visitors are always welcome. Bring a lunch, we start at noon. The Albany County Cooperative Extension is located on Martin Road in Voorheesville, NY.

Preview of 2012 programs

Suggestions for next year’s programs are being solicited from membership. The following list was compiled from suggestions taken at the fall show and September club meeting. Keep the ideas coming.

Suggested Topics:

  • Displaying your bonsai
  • Fertilizer Cakes
  • Repotting
  • Tropical workshop/repotting
  • Wiring
  • Kusamono Pots with Adriano
  • Field Trip to Nick Lenz’s place

Possible Speakers:

  • Suthin
  • Ted Matson
  • Michele Phaneuf
  • David Easterbrook
  • Jim Doyle