Monday, 2 December 2013

Two more Display Tables

A bit more spare time this last weekend, so I thought I might bring a few more bits of wood to good use.

I am a bit o a hoarder when it comes to odd bits of wood, so from time to time I have to justify this habit by actually using some of it.

Hand Tools used:  Tenon saw, Fret saw, block plane, mitre block, mitre square, sandpaper, rasp
Power tools used: Drill, Palm sander, Plunge router, Dremel with sanding wheel
No screws or nails, all joints are glued with either dowelled or mortice and tenon joints.

So, here is pile No.1, a bit of plywood and a few odd offcuts

This was used to make this little lacquered display table.  It needs the initial lacquer coat sanding and then 2 more coats of Lacquer.

Pile No.2, offcuts of solid Oak Floorboards

This was turned into a two tier shohin display table

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Winter Quarters

We have had a couple of nights with a good frost (-3/-4C), so I thought it was about time to move some of the more vulnerable plants in to the Greenhouse.  I have a small thermostat controlled heater in here that will keep the temperature just above freezing (3-5C).

Mainly some established trees that don't like too much cold, like trident maples, azalea and outdoor Chinese Elm, also my growing collection of mame and shohin sized trees in small pots and of course the cuttings that were rooted earlier this year.

Most of the Japanese White Pine and Junipers are now in the cold Greenhouse, mainly to protect them from excessive rainfall and cold winds.  No heating in here and the greenhouse is well ventilated.  The Pyracantha are in there to keep the birds from stripping the berries.

My Scots Pine seedlings and starter plants will stay out until the weather turns really bad and then they will join the Junipers in the cold greenhouse.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Pots for sale

I have sorted through a stack of pots I have recently acquired from an old chap who has given up the hobby due to health problems.  There were the usual Chinese and Korean import pots, but one of the boxes had a few gems in it.  Not sure of their origin, but they have all developed an nice patina over years of use and storage and the glazes and styles are quite unusual.

I kept a few of these to pot up some of my trees next year, and have listed the ones shown below on my ebay shop for sale.  The one in the first picture has just sold .

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Last bit of Autumn Colour

Most of my braodleaf bonsai have now dropped their leaves, but just a few are still showing a last flush of autumn colour.

European Hornbeam 

Korean Hornbeam

Chinese Elm Tanuki

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Homemade Bonsai Display Stand finished

After a bit more sanding and a few coats of stain and varnish, the stand is basically finished.  I may apply a final coat of hard finishing wax to give a bit of extra protection to the varnished surface.

Not too shabby, considering this was entirely made from a few odd pine offcuts and took all in all about 6 hours to make from start to finish (excl. drying time between coats of stain and varnish) .

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Homemade Bonsai Display stand

I came across this article on Bonsai Empire some weeks ago, so with noting else to do, I thought I have a go and make a bonsai stand.  The instructions in the article are very clear and easy to follow, but I don't have a scroll saw or a biscuit jointer, so I had to improvise a little.  I used a hole saw and my jigsaw to cut out the pattern and used dowels to connect the top to the sides.  Also, working with offcuts of softwood rather than hardwood, I kept the design simpler and a little more "chunky".
Anyhow, a worthwhile project to have a go at in winter when your bonsai don't need too much of your attention.

Just a bit more sanding and then the finish can be applied.  Seeing that the wood has really not much of a grain pattern, I will most likely paint it with a black gloss lacquer

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Korean Hornbeam Confused?

One of my Korean Hornbeams has not quite got the message that winter is approaching. While the Group planting (also of Korean Hornbeam) that is standing next to it on the bench has lost most of it's leaves, this one is still green and pushing out new growth.

Korean Hornbeam 7 Nov 2013

Korean Hornbeam Group 7 Nov 2013

Nice colour on the few leaves that are still hanging on

Friday, 18 October 2013

Autumn Colour

Autumn has now well and truly arrived, and while the temperatures are still holding up nicely, my maples have now decided that it is time to show off their autumn colour.  With a bit of luck they will hold on for their leaves for a while longer.

Acer Palmatum

Acer palmatum foliage

Acer Palmatum "Arakawa"

Arakawa Foliage

Saturday, 12 October 2013

All Ready for the trip to Doncaster

Used a break in the weather to load up the van ready for the trip to the Bonsai Car Boot Sale in Doncaster tomorrow.  Looking at the weather forecast, it is lucky that the sale takes place indoors, so hopefully it will attract a good crowd.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

BTA Expo Sheffield

Had a great day out at the Bonsai Traders Association Expo at the Don Valley Stadium In Sheffield today.
Loads of traders stalls and some amazing bonsai on show.

Sadly this was the last time this event was held at this venue so I thought I capture some impressions of the day.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

First Autumn Colour

I love this time of year when the first of the autumn colour starts to slowly creep up on you.

Just a few of my small trees have started to turn.