The first club meeting of the year started with a warm welcome to new members and a brief outline of upcoming club events by co-president Melody. Peter gave us a great run down of the National Convention in October that our club is running. For more information please visit the convention website here.
From there we had our usual ‘Show n Tell’ section, and a few of the committee brought in trees for the ‘Summer disasters’ discussion where the newer members found out that even seasoned Bonsai enthusiasts can lose trees.
After a short break we were straight into learning about what makes a tree look old, and why we try to replicate these features in Bonsai.
Les talked about creating an aged look from new material. A perception of age adds character and is valued in the bonsai world.
There a number of techniques we can use to enhance the perception of age. These techniques were discussed and tried out in the workshop that followed the talk.
From there, Sandra gave a demo on wiring, one of the techniques that was discussed by Les.
Wiring is used to set a skeleton or branch structure for a bonsai.
Wiring is used to wire the tips of bonsai branches to evoke or give an image of an aged tree in nature.
Use the thickness of wire that equals the bendability or the branch you need to wire.
Always anchor your wire to another branch or the trunk by at least 2 loops.