2018 August Workshops with Don De Luca

On Saturday the 11th August we had the wonderful Don De Luca conduct two workshop sessions. Everyone had a fantastic time working on their trees under Don’s watchful eye as he helped each participant develop an improved tree.

Don’s vast experience with a variety of tree types and his bonsai styling skills provide an opportunity for members to learn much in this workshop. Everyone not only enjoyed the workshop but appreciated Don’s warmth and friendship.  It was a huge learning curve for a few members as this was the first time they had participated in or experienced a workshop and they want more as they can see the benefits of working with a wonderful tutor and teacher.

Don was delighted with the range and pearls in the material to be worked on. Too soon we ran out of time but look forward to having Don back.

Many of you had the fantastic opportunity of working with Bjorn at the AABC conference and I am sure you all agree that that was a fantastic opportunity to not only working on your tree but with a wonderful and talented person.

Several photos of the workshop activity are included below.

Don fine tuning the styling.
Don fine tuning the styling.
Jade tree having an extensive haircut to encourage finer ramification.
Jade tree having an extensive haircut to encourage finer ramification.
Rubber and wire applied to this Pine prior to bending.
Rubber and wire applied to this Pine prior to bending.
Eucalyptus after a new pot.
Eucalyptus after a new pot.
Don indicating which branches are not required for this style.
Don indicating which branches are not required for this style.
Don contemplating best style options for this Pine.
Don contemplating best style options for this Pine.
Back of fig showing styling work in progress.
Back of fig showing styling work in progress.