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  1. Adair M

    Zuisho JWP Newbie

    Kokonoe JWP will can also be layered. This tree, a Kokopoe: was originally on JBP stock, but the trunk was buried in the soil, and a second set of JWP roots grew out above the original JBP roots. The JBP rootstock has now been removed, so this tree is now “on it’s own roots”.
  2. Adair M

    Another calcined clay resource

    I don’t know anything about it except what I can see on your photo. Looking at the sample, it appears the particles are sharp rather than rounded. I prefer rounded particles for my soil.
  3. Adair M

    Nova bonsai garden

    Just so you know, Scott likes to play “corn hole”, but instead of corn bean bags, he does it with rocks.
  4. Adair M

    Nova bonsai garden

    Oh, you’ll LOVE Japanese White Pine! I especially recommend the Kokonoe cultivar.
  5. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    These are handouts I received from Boon when I was taking his Intensive classes. I don’t know where he got them, but he’s been using them for years.
  6. Adair M

    Zelkova Material?

    “Naturalistic” for a zelkova is the classic broom. If you want to style it in any other style, it may be naturalistic for another species of tree, but it wont be a naturalistic zelkova. It may resemble an oak, or a hornbeam or a hawthorn or maple, but not a zelkova.
  7. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    Those are good rules. You realize that Michael’s teacher was also my teacher: Boon. Michael learns using the very diagrams I posted in this thread. (I only posted a few of the relevant pages here.) May I add an additional rule? 5. Always wire two branches with one wire. Sure there are...
  8. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    I have no idea what he was thinking! When I’m wiring and come to a fork, I have to decide which fork to take. It’s usually possible to go either way. So, since he was working with the heavier wire, there must have been something about that left branch he felt needed the heavy wire, and he...
  9. Adair M

    NC Expo cancelled indefinitely

    That was Arthur’s preference. He strongly encouraged “alternative displays” to the traditional Japanese style display. My personal view on that is different. I can see where, 20 or 30 years ago, the trees were not as good as they are today. Moving the focus away from the trees themselves to...
  10. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    Yes, you are correct. He would have started the yellow wire on top of the fork instead of below. It doesn’t matter which way he wants to move the branch when wiring. The wire when properly anchored can move it in any direction. The idea is to do it neatly (meaning: use minimal wire and...
  11. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    Most of the wiring is correct, with the spirals on each side of the forks going in opposite directions. But the black wire, the heaviest wire, would have been the very first wire he put on. Did you look at the diagram I posted? Figure F? Do you see the mistake in that? Now, look at the...
  12. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

  13. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    And, to be perfectly honest, he made a mistake when he wired the heavy black wire! See how it starts out wrapping the main line going from right to left? Then he wraps under the fork, and instead of continuing straight on, he decides to take the left fork. So, he brought the wire up from...
  14. Adair M

    How is my wiring?

    Wayne, you should explain that this image of Kimura’s wiring was done purposefully using colored wire so that it is easy to distinguish the wires. On a bonsai, the wire should not be coated. Kimora wired this as a demonstration for a magazine article about “how to wire”.
  15. Adair M

    NC Expo cancelled indefinitely

    Would you want to keep the format where only those affiliated with one of a select group of clubs be allowed to show? Or should it be open to anyone? Having it be predetermined as to how many clubs will be showing makes it easier to know how to plan. You know how many display tables will be...
  16. Adair M

    THE Zelkova

    There are two “Masters Book of Bonsai”, apparently. One is a relatively common, small picture book. It’s wider than tall. The other is extremely rare and expensive. And rather large I have not seen one. Bull V, of course has a copy. So does the person who sold me the tree.
  17. Adair M

    THE Zelkova

    Bill said it wasn’t. But, I have a picture of the tree when it was imported. And I’ve compared that picture to the one in the Yoshimura book. And they look like they “could” be the same tree. There’s a crossing branch on both of those trees at the exact same location. The problem is, the...
  18. Adair M

    NC Expo cancelled indefinitely

    I don’t know how many members you have in your club, but I suggest that you start small. That is, just have a show in your local area for just your club. Beginners are often intimidated by the thought of having to compete against really good trees. Of course, some of your more experienced...
  19. Adair M

    NC Expo cancelled indefinitely

    The Asheville show was kinda unique in that only about a dozen clubs were invited to participate. Each club got a table to use however they wanted. If an individual was not a member of one of those clubs, they couldn’t show their tree. Arthur strongly encouraged “innovative” displays, and...
  20. Adair M

    THE Zelkova

    Here is Joe Noga’s photograph of the Zelkova:
  21. Adair M

    Winter Silhouettes 2022

    Zelkova
  22. Adair M

    NC Expo cancelled indefinitely

    This isn’t surprising to me. I had spoken with Arthur when we were at Kannapolis, and while he didn’t say anything directly, I got the impression that there wouldn’t be a show this year.
  23. Adair M

    Zuisho 5 needle

    Do you mind saying how long the needles of the larger tree are? You didn’t specify which tree you were referring to, but the small tree might be a Zuisho, but the larger tree doesn’t look like Zuisho. All the Zuisho I have ever seen (and I own three of them) have had needles shorter than 3/4...
  24. Adair M

    Zuisho White Pine

    Looking good! You got more snow than I did. There was a famous old Zuisho that had the iconic “strong arm” first branch. And it grew to be stronger than the main trunk. And taller! Several attempts were made to “pull it down”, and each time the tree responded by having the strong arm grow...
  25. Adair M

    Advice:. What pot to pair with this tree for local show.

    That’s hard to say without having the tree in front of me. It’s hard to distinguish the three dimensionality of a tree from a single photo. That said, I would suggest that the very topmost tuft of foliage is not necessary. It makes the tree too “pointy”, which makes the tree look young. Even...
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