Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society

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Archive for Workshops

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.

 

Bonsai Summer Camp

Summer is coming, and what’s summer without summer camp? Club members and newcomers alike can join a weekend of campfires, pup tents and bonsai fun, July 8-9 at pfm bonsai in West Charlton. A summer camp T-shirt is even included in the modest registration fee and you’ll have access to great tree material, supplies, expert guidance, and more opinions than you probably want.

Bring your camping gear. Feel free to pass this information onto your bonsai friends and clubs. Questions? Call 518-882-1039 or email Pauline@pfmbonsai.com.

Schmalenberg Returns

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It’s a great time to style certain trees and with perfect timing, Martin Schmalenberg is dropping in to help. On Sunday, November 13, Martin will be on hand to work with you on designing your trees, $50 for the day-long workshop that begins at 9:00 AM.

A noted bonsai teacher, Martin studied in Japan with Hiroyoshi Yamaji and Mikio Oshima, and in the states with Nick Lenz, Boon Manakantivipart and many others. We are fortunate to host him regularly at pfm bonsai.

Bring your trees,tools, wire and lunch. RSVP while space remains to pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039.

August TWIG and Fall Show

Bonsai-silhouette-sonneDownload the August TWIG newsletter HERE to learn about MHBS’s upcoming annual bonsai show in Saratoga Springs, plus a workshop YEW won’t want to miss (okay, I couldn’t help it).

On August 28, David Hodgetts—who some years ago visited America from across the pond and refuses to go back—will hold a demo and workshop with some well-trunked yews selected from Mark Comstock’s fabulous nursery. The demo and lesson starts at 10:00, followed by a pot luck lunch and afternoon workshop, nicely priced at $100 per person. The workshop is limited to six people and one lucky person will have their workshop fee refunded in a raffle. Register now with Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com or 518-882-1039. Observers are welcome to watch and learn.

Then comes our really big annual bonsai show, September 24-25 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saturday from 10:00 to 4:45 and Sunday from noon to 4:00. All are welcome to browse aisle after aisle of MHBS club bonsai trees in every stage of development. Club members will be on hand to answer questions and generally chat about bonsai. If you’re curious about bonsai, this is the place to be.

Reminder: club members should start choosing and prepping trees now for the show.

Register for SUMMER BONSAI CAMP

Last Chance to Register for SUMMER BONSAI CAMP, August 6-7 at pfm bonsai, 7 Western Avenue in West Charlton NY. Come either day or both, or camp out overnight.
Deadline to sign up is June 15 and the cost is just $100 to include:
-Two full days of summer camp, 8am to 4pm
-One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
-Plenty of expert advice and encouragement
-Lots of tree stock, pots and materials on hand
-And of course your Bonsai Summer Camp T-shirt.
To register by June 15, contact Pauline at pauline@pfmbonsai.com or call her at 518-882-1039.

Go Bonsai Wild June 11-12

MihalicWho says bonsai people can’t go wild? On June 11 and 12 at pfm Bonsai, a Wild Bonsai Weekend welcomes new bonsai material from the wilds of Maine and beyond, collected by wild guys Kris and John of Black Dodge Bonsai. On Saturday, slightly crazy bonsai master Frank Mihalic returns to help style those trees for an insanely low $75 for the day, with lunch. Register at pauline@pfmbonsai.com, and don’t forget your tools, wire and meds.

April TWIG and New Events

MARK-ARPAGDownload the April TWIG newsletter to learn about events like:

April 24: Our 3rd annual Eastern White Cedar day with Mark Arpag. Sign up for the 9:00 AM workshop and bring your cedars or purchase one. In the afternoon Mark will do a demo on Eastern White Cedar and we’ll raffle the tree.

May 21-22: Jim Doyle and Mark Comstock Weekend. Purchase great material from Mark and get expert design assistance from Jim. Don’t let your dream tree get away.