What better way to learn than to look at how experts prune and wire Bonsai trees? In the progressions part of this website several examples of young trees and nursery stock being trained can be found, as well as some interesting background information.

Bonsai demonstration by Taiga Urushibata

The Bonsai progressions all show before and after shots of Bonsai trees being styled by experts. A great way to learn the basics of styling trees.

I am always exited when new material arrives at my shop. I study it, find their positive and negative aspects and think about new ways of improving them. I am most exited when confronting virgin material, eagerly anticipating the treasures entailed within.

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Contrary to the belief that yamadori or wild trees are the only source of wonderfully old and gnarled bonsai, some of the best material can be found in our own back yards.

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It’s amusing how sometimes what in nature would be considered bizarre and grotesque, to us in Bonsai, is something beautiful that gives our plants a special charm. In 2006 I had the opportunity to purchase this very interesting araki pine, (Pinus sylvestris), collected the previous year in France.

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When we work on a Yamadori, we must remember and respect the great work that Nature did with it. We do always arrive after her.... Cultivation, cures and the elevation of its beauty is what we do when a Tree takes the path of Bonsai.

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Every day we have objectives to catch up trying to arrive to the goal in the best possible way searching for old and new experiences that could teach and guide us without errors on this route.

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Yamadori trees have their own presence and character from the very beginning of their Bonsai-life, they are thrilling to work with.

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In the year 2005, it happened that through a very good friend of mine I was able to see some pictures of sales materials.

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About Craig Coussins' relations with the Giant Sequoia: The Giant Sequoia. When I was ill with Cancer back in 2000 I made the pilgrimage to Sequoia National Park in California. My wife asked me what I wanted to do before I died.

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The trident maple is an Asian maple species with limited frost hardiness. It is very popular for Bonsai because of its nice little leaves, fine ramification, pretty bark and great vigor.

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The hawthorn is plant that grows like a shrub in most cases and it takes many years to develop thick trunks. For Bonsai it has a number of good characteristics: small leaves, white flowers, red berries and a nice bark on old trees.

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