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10 Dec, 2017

Nobu Workshop – December 2017

December 10th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

For the 11th time we had a well attended Nobuyuki Kajiwara (Nobu) workshop in Pirongia. Warm weather and a wide variety of trees saw some interesting work over the weekend with members and guests coming from as far afield as Auckland, Thames and New Plymouth to listen to the horticultural and styling advice from Nobu. [...]

9 Nov, 2017

Club Meeting – Display of trees & stands – November 2017

November 9th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

The main event of the evening was a discussion on displaying Bonsai both indoors and outdoors. ie outdoors at home and in a show setting. Les lead the discussion with a powerpoint presentation explaining all the important aspects. Sandra then held a workshop for everyone that had pots created in September to add glazes and [...]

15 Oct, 2017

2017 Hamilton Bonsai Club Annual Show

October 15th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

The annual show started with the usual hectic setup on Friday with all the tables and backing boards to be set up before trees could be positioned. There were plenty of trees on show—we had to put up extra tables at the last minute to cope with the numbers. Over 130 trees on display ranging [...]

10 Sep, 2017

Club Meeting – Pot Making – September 2017

September 10th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

Once again we got down and dirty with clay. This year Sandra brought in a white clay for us to try out different techniques from previous years. Although some members made freeform pots as we had done before, the object this time was to create a pot using the inside or outside of a [...]

13 Aug, 2017

Club Meeting – Bonsai Design Basics – August 2017

August 13th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

Peter was in charge of the August club meeting, and topic was Bonsai design basics. There was a brief talk about the different Bonsai styles, and what influences your choice of design. i.e. the species of tree and how certain techniques effects them, which in turn determines how the style. A practical session then [...]

9 Jul, 2017

Club Meeting – AGM & Shohin – July 2017

July 9th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

The July meeting started with the club AGM. Many topics were discussed, and the major club positions were voted on with Les remaining as club president. The meeting then moved onto a discussion about Shohin from Lindsay. Lindsay explained the 'guidelines' around the Shohin category: Bonsai that are less than 25cm in height, and [...]

17 Jun, 2017

Club Visit – Worm Farms with Pete – June 2017

June 17th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

The Hamilton Bonsai Club Vice President Pete S kindly invited all HBC members to his house for a demonstration of how to use worm farms, and how they can be used with Bonsai. Pete explained that worm farms produced a powerful 'tea' that can used to fertilise your Bonsai at half strength. A number of [...]

11 Jun, 2017

Club Meeting – Rocks – June 2017

June 11th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

Melody lead a discussion on Rock and how they're used with Bonsai. After discussing the finer points of rocks and why we use them, Melody then arranged a rock display and explained what the fundamentals were, so we could all try when we got home.Everyone was also asked to bring their own rocks and give [...]

14 May, 2017

Club Meeting – Formal Upright Project – May 2017

May 14th, 2017|Club Activities|0 Comments

The May club meeting was all about the beginning of the Formal Upright Project. The purpose of this project was for everyone to start with the same species of tree and work towards a formal upright style bonsai to be shown at the 2018 Hamilton Annual Bonsai Show. The selected material are Golden Totara, nursery [...]