2014 July Demonstration by Tony Bebb

As part of the AABC Visiting Tutor Program, Tony Bebb flew down from Queensland to conduct the July demonstration and was welcomed by a big crowd of members looking forward to an entertaining and informative evening.  Tony did not disappoint them.  For the demonstration,  Tony was styling a local Scotts Pine that was estimated to be about 60 years old but had suffered significant damage on one side.  See photos below.

Scotts Pine before work started.

A different angle

First, Tony talked about the various features of the tree and how they would influence the style that would be used.  The tree is strong and healthy but has a very straight trunk, the roots are one-sided and foliage has been decimated on one side.  This type of pine has a natural upright growth pattern so it is decided that the tree should be kept upright and styled to tell its story.  Selection of the front was influenced by many factors and Tony reviewed all these.  One of Tony’s rules was that the “best tree view is the one that greets you”.  That is, arms open and head leaning towards you.  Having made these important decisions, it was time to get to work and big decisions are made about the branches.  See below.

Tony has made some important commitments to the selected style and is moving on with the design.
Now on to the wiring and bending and another one of Tony’s rules.  “Bend with maximum force and minimum velocity”.
Help with the wiring
And after lots of tree wisdom, cutting, wiring and bending, the final tree is revealed.
Scotts Pine styled by Tony Bebb
Tree detail
Many thanks to Tony for an entertaining and very informative demonstration.  Society members learnt a lot.
Several Member trees were also on display and a selection is included below.
Black Pine

Buxus harlandii

Nishiki Black Pine

Chinese Elm – Ulmus parvifolia ‘Davidii’


Chaenomeles japonica


2014 July Saturday Styling Review

On a wet and cold Saturday, a select group of BSV members gathered to review the styling of several magnificent and developing bonsai.  See below for examples of the activities.

Twin Trunk Black Pine

It was first styled in July 1998 from nursery stock. Only very rudimentary primary branches were set in place at that time. The tree was then sold at auction and kept compact by regular cutting back but no refinement was done.

About 8 years ago the tree had a major overhaul. The upper trunk was bent down significantly and some major branches were removed. Primary and secondary branches were set in place. Since that time tertiary branches have been developed and needle length techniques have been applied to the tree. These have allowed the tree to reach its current level of refinement.

The tree is about 1 metre high.

Earlier photo
As presented on Saturday

Part of lower branch removed – digitally of course.

All of lower branch digitally removed

And now for a bit of history!!

The same tree!!  July 1998 just prior to a demonstration.

July 1998 after the Hiro demonstration and happy helpers.
We hope the above sequence illustrates the thinking behind considering options to refine an already well respected bonsai.  May your bonsai journey deliver another gem like this one!!
Here are more trees with before and after considerations.
Juniper after Hiro styling

Same Juniper with digital adjustments
Japanese White Pine
Same tree with branch digitally removed.

Further digital adjustments to test styling options.


Pine with digital adjustments

Below is the same tree in 2010 after a styling demonstration with Hiro.

A selection of other trees being considered for styling are included below.

Black Pine


Black Pine

Daimyo Oak

Blue Cedar

Trident Maple


Corky Bark Black Pine

Bonsai Transformed in Hirotoshi Saitoh Demonstration at BSV

At the BSV Demonstration on Sunday 6 July 2014, Hiro provided expert guidance and direction in the transformation of five bonsai trees to achieve excellent results with the demonstrators using several interesting techniques.  Also, many thanks to Hiro for the many styling tips discussed during the demonstration.  When energy levels were slipping a little, Susan and Pat came to the rescue with a great afternoon tea.  Many thanks to to the demonstrators for all their work on the trees and to the Committee and Members for assisting to set up the hall and cleaning up afterwards.

See photos below for some of the action and work in progress.

See the final outcomes from the day in the photos below.
Japanese White Pine

Juniper squamata

Canadian White Pine

Red Pine

Kingsville Box

Observing the Bonsai Master Hirotoshi Saitoh at work

On Thursday night, it was great to see Hiro, once again, helping bonsai enthusiasts create excellent works of art.  If you missed an opportunity to do a workshop with Hiro, it is strongly recommended that you either attend his demonstration on Sunday July 6 or see if there are any observer places left.  See details in the post below.

Below is a selection of photos showing some of the great work from Hiro and the participants on the night.







Black Pine

Black Pine