Demo and Workshop with Jonas Dupuich

February 16, 2018 @ 7pm

by Marsha Mekisich

Jonas Dupuich began studying bonsai over 20 years ago after meeting Boon Manakitivipart. His path has led him to study extensively with Boon and learn from his sensei Akio Kondo and Daisaku Nomoto. In 2011, Jonas spent two months studying with Junichiro Tanaka at Aichi-en in Nagoya, Japan, during which time he worked on trees from Tanaka’s collection and participated in exhibits including Gomangoku, Meifu-ten, Taikan-ten and Sakufu-ten. Jonas is a member of Bay Island Bonsai and has exhibited in such shows including the Artisans Cup, U.S. National Bonsai Exhibition and the JAL/WBFF World Bonsai Contest. Jonas writes about bonsai at Bonsai Tonight.

For the February program, Jonas will demonstrate key wiring techniques that will help you make your wiring beautiful and effective. After a short demo, Jonas will help members wire their own trees to put what they learn into practice. Items to bring to the meeting: a healthy tree, bonsai wire (aluminum or copper), pliers, wire cutters, and any questions you have about wiring!

If you don’t have any wire for this event, Lynne is bringing some club owned aluminum wire for you to use. Many core bonsai supplies such as wire, tools, pots, screen, etc can be purchased from vendors at the upcoming annual GSBF Mammoth Auction and Sale on February 17 – 18. The auction is February 17 and the vendors are there on February 18. Refer to the EVENTS section of this newsletter for more info.


Club News

Mammoth Auction and Sale this Weekend!

This weekend is one of the best opportunities to acquire bonsai supplies. Whether you need soil, wire, pots, trees stands or somethign else, there's a good chance that the Mammoth Sale will have it. Here's the official description -

The Annual Mammoth Auction and Sale Fund Raiser will be held at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave at Lake Merritt. Saturday: Auction preview at Noon with Auction starting at 1 PM. Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9 AM; Plant Sales start at 10 AM; Demonstrations start at 1 PM. Everyone is encouraged to submit their bonsai and bonsai related items for consideration to be included in the Mammoth Auction at the earliest date possible. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will be open that weekend 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. Please visit the Garden and observe the many installments under the Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project.


Do You Have a Story To Tell

Whenever the New Year is here, I start thinking about our bonsai show, which this year will be April 21 - 22. Lots of information about our annual show can be found online at ClubShow (including a preparation checklist, a catalogue of club stands you can borrow, various tasks, and consignment information). At this time, you should already have an idea of what trees you’d like to display. Don’t think this is just for the long-time members as we always have a beginners display as well. We ask beginners to show at least one tree and other members to show as many as three or more. Thank you to everyone who has offered to help with the show so far.

This year, it would be fun for our visitors to read more about the trees we have in the show. So for one of your displays, please provide a story about your tree. Your story can be as short or as long as you want. Ideas could be a memory that is invoked every time you see your tree; where did you get the tree; how has it changed over the years; why do you like the tree; or where are you headed as far as future changes to the style or pot selection; etc. Please email (charlenerae@mac.com) or write your story down and provide it to Charlene for inclusion in the display.


January Potting Party “Thanks”

We had a fabulous day for our January potting party and twenty people turned out for the event. The club extends a big “THANK YOU” to Gordon Deeg for providing the location and hosting the party, Charlene Fischer who delivered bonsai pots and wire, Lynne O’Dell who delivered potting soil and more pots and to all the other attendees who included Andrew Lipson, Armand Navabi, Chris Weigen, Christoph Dressel, Diane Churchill, Donna Farmar, Gordon Deeg, Hal Jerman, Idris Anderson, John Planting, Katherine Glassey, Kathryn Low, Kathy Shaner, Mark O’Brien, Michael Greenstein, Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan, Rita Curbow and Valerie Monroe. Everyone was honored to have special guests Kathy Shaner and Valerie Monroe who rolled up their sleeves, repotted trees, provided invaluable bonsai pointers and even sharpened some of our tools. Members new to the club and/or to the art of bonsai were able to team up with an experienced member and Gordon was a most gracious host as he made the rounds with all of us to offer his assistance.

Lynne is asking that everyone who has club owned trees – either worked on at our two most recent potting parties or held onto from years past to contact her and let her know how many trees you have. This enables Lynne to determine if we will have the desired number of trees available for our annual sale in April. Contact Lynne

When arriving at Gordon’s, please drive through the open gate and drop off your trees and other supplies before parking. Parking space is available inside the gate, along the street and in the school parking lot across the street. Please don’t unload your car outside the gate as accidents can happen.

The format of this potting party will focus on the process of repotting which includes evaluating the tree, selecting and preparing the pot, and then actually repotting the tree. Less emphasis will be placed on wiring and styling. The goal is to determine if this is a preferred method going forward to what is normally done at our potting parties. This approach may allow more trees to be worked on for our upcoming sale while permitting the buyer to do more of the styling after the tree has recovered from the repotting process.

The potting parties are a great way to meet other members of the club and gain more experience in the art of bonsai. Newer members will have the option to pair up with a more experienced member to learn the process.

For those of you who can come early and help with setup or stay late and help with breakdown, your assistance with those tasks will be greatly appreciated too. Remember you don’t have to stay for the entire day.

Doughnuts will be provided but also consider bringing a bag lunch.

For additional info regarding club potting parties, refer to the December newsletter or contact Lynne O’Dell.


Bay Area Bonsai Associates

BABA always have wonderful trees on display. We encourage club members to check out the show. Details below.

BABA 2018 Exhibition

Timely Work Schedule

Each month there are a number of tasks you need to do to your bonsai - from repotting, to fertilizing to spraying for pests. We have put together a checklist, customized for the San Francisco Bay Area to help you. This checklist is adapted from earlier work by Mitsuo Umehara.

This month: February Tasks


January Potting Party “Thanks”

We had a fabulous day for our January potting party and twenty people turned out for the event.

The club extends a big “THANK YOU” to Gordon Deeg for providing the location and hosting the party, Charlene Fischer who delivered bonsai pots and wire, Lynne O’Dell who delivered potting soil and more pots and to all the other attendees who included Andrew Lipson, Armand Navabi, Chris Weigen, Christoph Dressel, Diane Churchill, Donna Farmar, Gordon Deeg, Hal Jerman, Idris Anderson, John Planting, Katherine Glassey, Kathryn Low, Kathy Shaner, Mark O’Brien, Michael Greenstein, Suresh ‘Mo’ Mohan, Rita Curbow and Valerie Monroe. Everyone was honored to have special guests Kathy Shaner and Valerie Monroe who rolled up their sleeves, repotted trees, provided invaluable bonsai pointers and even sharpened some of our tools. Members new to the club and/or to the art of bonsai were able to team up with an experienced member and Gordon was a most gracious host as he made the rounds with all of us to offer his assistance.

Lynne is asking that everyone who has club owned trees – either worked on at our two most recent potting parties or held onto from years past to contact her and let her know how many trees you have. This enables Lynne to determine if we will have the desired number of trees available for our annual sale in April. Contact Lynne


January Meeting Recap

At our January meeting Valerie Monroe demonstrated and discussed styling of a semi cascade Shimpaku juniper. Valerie purchased the tree six years ago. The tree already had some nice bark and the trunk naturally slanted and curved to allow the cascade style.

When styling a cascade of any sort, the bend should not appear contrived, or as a forced bend of a C on its side. You want the tree to look as if it is holding on to the side of a cliff. The roots at the base are holding it in place from the back. Branching should be evenly distributed and long enough to create the chosen cascade style. The cascade pot could be squatty but deep enough to allow you to position the tree to look as if it is unstable and all but spilling out the side. You could also use a round, irregular or square pot. Moon pots can also be a fun option.

Valerie at work!
Valery at Work

 

Consider what the front will be. Number one styling advice is don’t pinch the tips! Yes, DO NOT PINCH. This was the old way of styling junipers. We now know this weakens the tree, and juniper strength is in its growing tips. If all the tips are constantly pinched, the tree will weaken and perhaps die. Instead, rub off small/tiny foliage to thin out for wiring and cut downward or backward growth. Thin it enough so you can wire. Do not remove all unnecessary branches, as you do not know what you will need to keep yet. Remove alternate secondary branches being careful to not create a fishbone effect. Alternately, stagger branches. Selectively cut branches growing down, and thin and/or cut back growth to the desired length and style. Do not hedge cut. Wire out all branches.

Winn
From our article Maple Pruning Basics - same technique, different species

 

When styling and positioning branches, you want to allow each branch to have its own space and access to light. When done, you should be able to look down from above and see all the branches nicely integrated with access to light. Use the wire not the branch to carefully move and give each branch movement. The end result will be a long stretched pyramid. Now cut away the branches you do not need and create balance, reduce crowding and allow room to grow and get light. Remember this is only the first styling. A cascade does not require an apex. Let the tree tell a story of how it has survived its environment. More details about this subject along with potting information will be made available on the club website. Great job Valerie!

Winn
Winner of the tree

 

Club Calendar

April 21-22: Our 2018 annual show. Setup starts Friday evening, April 20.

Other Events

February 17-18, 2018 Oakland
GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt: The Annual Mammoth Auction and Sale Fund Raiser will be held at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave at Lake Merritt.

Saturday: Auction preview at Noon with Auction starting at 1 PM.
Sunday: Vendor Sales start at 9 AM; Plant Sales start at 10 AM; Demonstrations start at 1 PM.

Everyone is encouraged to submit their bonsai and bonsai related items for consideration to be included in the Mammoth Auction at the earliest date possible. The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt will be open that weekend 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, and Noon to 4 PM on Sunday. Please visit the Garden and observe the many installments under the Garden Revitalization Opportunity (GRO) project.

For more information or to sell bonsai, email bonsailakemerritt@gmail.com and visit http://gsbf-lakemerritt.org.

Bay Area Bonsai Associates: Annual 37th Annual Bonsai Exhibit at the Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue at Lake Merritt. Show hours are 5:00PM – 9:00 PM Saturday and 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sunday. Light dinner at 5:30 PM Saturday followed by a bonsai demonstration by club members from 6:30PM to 9:00 PM. Benefit drawing of demo tree(s). Winning ticket must be present to win. Sales of plants, bonsai, and other bonsai related items both days. Admission is free. Parking fee to the Lakeside Park entrance is required during the park hours. For more information, please contact Janice Dilbeck.

See GSBF Calendar for additional items


We Accept Donations

As a non-profit, we happily take charitable donations to sustain our club. In exchange, we will will get you a receipt to include when filing your taxes.

For more info see Donations


Articles We Recommend

Intro to Bonsai
About Your New Tree
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