Robert was given the whole morning to entertain and inform the delegates. During his demonstration Robert expounded his theories on how bonsai should be styled and illustrated his talk by working on two trees.
The first tree was a Dawn Redwood dug up from Fern Valley Bonsai in Tauranga in 2005. This tree had then been allowed to grow in the ground for 3 years before being dug up and given an initial styling.
Robert’s first decision was to change the planting angle to give a reason for the one sided root flare. Robert then went to work on the top of the tree, reducing the number of branches to give the impression of an old tree recovering from a major disaster. The deadwood at top of the tree will be carved later on.
For the second part of his talk, Robert went to work on one of two 40 year old Chamaecyparis that the Hamilton Club had found. Due to time constraints Robert was unable to finish wiring and placing the branches. This was done during the workshop on Monday.