2017 October Monday Meeting – Bunjin

Our guest presenter for the Monday meeting was Tien from Bonsai Sensation together with a cameo appearance from Victor to talk about the Bunjin style.  Tien’s task for the night was to take a well developed Black Pine and move it towards a Bunjin style.

Black Pine before styling.
Black Pine before styling.

Tien talked about the features of the tree and how they guided their thinking towards a Bunjin style which is illustrated in the following sketch.  The great trunk line and nice bark are very important in this tree.

Re-styling design.
Re-styling design.

Below are several photos showing the styling adjustments and the final outcome for the night.  One major branch has not been jinned at this stage as a cautious approach towards the final design.  Also, remaining branches and foliage will need further development and refinement.

Tien talking about the planned styling of this Black Pine.
Tien talking about the planned styling of this Black Pine.
The re-styling begins.
The re-styling begins.
Black Pine after initial styling.
Black Pine after initial styling.

During the course of the re-styling, Tien also shared many of his ideas about growing bonsai.

  • Ensure the branches you develop are sustainable.
  • Tien prefers to see the trunk and branches.
  • When developing pines, keep the tree growth compact while letting a lower branch leader run to develop better nebari.  Time in the ground can assist and ultimately the leader is removed.  See the examples below.
  • Black Pine in development.
    Black Pine in development.
    Black pine in development.
    Black pine in development.

     

  • Take advantage of back budding to develop compact growth.
  • Tien doesn’t like the rounded apex for older trees as the growth can lead to thicker branches which detracts from the tree design and ultimately will need to be cut off and started again.  Trimming back and replacing with new growth is the preferred option.

Victor talked about the history of the Bunjin or Literati style and how it developed many years ago.  Characteristics include a three-dimensional and asymmetrical form leading to a tall, elegant and slender tree.  The pot needs to be understated so it doesn’t distract from the trunk line.  Prominent nebari is not required as the emphasis is on the trunk and its quality, texture and line.  Branches should be few in number and usually short in proportion to the height of the tree.  Foliage tends to be sparse.

Victor talking about the Bunjin style.
Victor talking about the Bunjin style.

 

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2017 BSV Exhibition at Box Hill Town Hall

Many thanks to all the Members and volunteers for their help in preparing and running another very successful Bonsai Exhibition on 14 and 15 October at the Box Hill Town Hall.  Over 90 trees were on display by Members and a well stocked sales area was the scene of much frenetic activity.

Overview of the Exhibition
Overview of the Exhibition
A hectic time in the Sales area
A hectic time in the Sales area

The Geoff Vanner Perpetual Trophy for Best Tree in Show was judged by Joe and awarded to Dave for his English Elm Forest also euphemistically known as “Sherwood Forest”.  Congratulation to Dave for creating a masterpiece.

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The People’s Choice Competition was enthusiastically adopted by the public and close attention was given to final choices.  After counting many votes, our Competition Manager Robert announced that tree number 25, an English Elm grown by Howard and Marian was voted as favourite tree.  Well done.

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Children developing an interest in bonsai also had an opportunity to display their trees and these are shown below.

Children's Bonsai Display
Children’s Bonsai Display

Many thanks to raffle donors and show supporters.  Seasol, Bonsai Sensation, Goseng Trading, Val’s Pots, Hachinoki Bonsai, Murrumbung Studio Ceramics, Ray White and Box Hill Town Hall.

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2017 BSV Exhibition at Box Hill Town Hall – 14 & 15 October

BSV members are preparing their trees for the 2017 Exhibition at Box Hill Town Hall in October and look forward to sharing their art with you at the Exhibition. The Exhibition is held on Saturday and Sunday, the 14th and 15th October 2017 starting at 9am each day. See the information below for more details and make sure the date is in your diary.
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