We had a great workshop with Kathy Steyn. She discussed each tree – its merits, faults and future. Then she got to work with her carving tools - carving some trees whilst helping members make improvements with carving, wiring and styling.
Kathy & Robbie Steyn gave a photo presentation at the April club meeting. Kathy talked about her collection of Bonsai and then opened it up to any questions attendees had. Robbie & Kathy then spoke about their carving tools and explained how they used each attachment. Kathy was then given a small gift from [...]
The evening got off to a good start when the club surprised Melody and Les by awarding them with Life Membership of the club in recognition of all their hard work in ensuring the smooth running of the club and promoting both the club and bonsai in general in New Zealand and overseas. The main part [...]
2018 kicked off with club members bringing in trees for discussion. The trees brought in had all been worked on at club workshops over the years, most recently during the three year programme with Tony Bebb. Members were encouraged to bring in photographs of the trees to show their progression as well as to talk [...]
For the final club meeting of the year Helen & Aaron organised a range of activities and competitions for the attendees. The evening started with the voting for the 'Decorate a Bonsai tree', where people were asked to bring a tree that they had decorated in a Christmas theme. Our special raffle prize was [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
After a report on the 2017 Convention and discussion on the upcoming Hamilton Club show Peter S gave a brief talk on potting mixes before the Formal Upright trees we started earlier in the year were repotted.
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 [...]