sobota, 11. junij 2016

MUGO

Pinus mugo is not my favorite species of pines. I prefer to work on Pinus sylvestris because one can gain more definition on them. High mountain pines (Mugo) will always look a little uncombed and sturdy. But nevertheless, mugo pines are among great species for bonsai. This particular one has been collected out of the concrete block in the city. Tomaž R. was the collector and he took care of the tree for two years afterwards. In October 2014 he brought the tree to the TORA studio and after inspection we set the plan: first we had to set the main line of the trunk as it was completely straight.

Ruševje ni moja najljubša vrsta bora. Raje delam na rdečih borih, ker lahko na njih dosežemo boljšo definicijo. Gorski bor (Pinus mugo) bo vedno izgledal nekoliko nepočesan in grčav. A vseeno ruševje sodi med odlične vrste za bonsaj. Tale iz naše zgodbe prihaja iz betonskega korita v mestu. Izkopal ga je Tomaž R. in naslednji dve leti tudi skrbel zanj. Oktobra 2014 ga je prinesel v TORA atelje in po analizi smo naredili načrt: najprej smo morali narediti glavno linijo debla, saj je bil ta popolnoma raven.

Pinus mugo, October 2014 before start of work

Pinus mugo, October 2014, after bending the trunk

Everything went OK, and the first step on the tree was completed. After two years of recovery, we removed all the wires and rafia, the trunk stood in set position. Now second step can begin. Gašper cut the old needles and cleaned some jins, then we made the selection of branches. I wired them all and put them into position. No detailed wiring yet, this will be done in third step next year.

Vse se je izšlo brez težav in prvi korak je bil končan. Po dveh letih smo odstranil vso žico in rafijo in deblo je obstalo v poziciji. Zdaj se je lahko začel drugi korak. Gašper je porezal vse stare iglice in očistil nekaj džinov, potem smo napravili selekcijo vej. Vse sem ožičil in jih skrivil v pozicijo. Podrobno žičenje pride na vrsto ob tretjem koraku prihodnje leto.
 
Pine has a great nebari

After we removed all the wires and rafia, the line stood in position

Gašper working

Pinus mugo, Jun 2016, after second step ... to be continued

Now the skeleton of future bonsai is set. The tree has really great nebari and also movement is now good. In the future some more branches will be cut and of course, the tree will be repoted into a bonsai pot. This will become a nice bonsai in next few years!

Okostje bodočega bonsaja je zdaj postavljeno. Drevo ima zares odličen nebari in tudi gibanje je zdaj dobro. V prihodnosti bo porezanih še več vej in drevo bo seveda presajeno v bonsajsko posodo. V nekaj letih bo to lep bonsaj!

sreda, 08. junij 2016

SLOVAKIA AND LUBOŠ

This past weekend I was a guest of the Slovak bonsai association at their annual national exhibition. The exhibition was organized by local club Trnava in the city of Hlohovec (Hawthorn city). Trees were put on exhibition in an old monastery. I was honored to work with members of SBA, together we styled a few nice trees which now have a bright future. As usually Gašper helped me a lot. He extremely improved his skills in a year and a half since he is apprentice in TORA school.  

Ta konec tedna sem bil gost Slovaške bonsajske zveze na njihovi letni nacionalni razstavi. Razstavo je v Hlohovcu (da, mesto ima ime po glogu), v starem samostanu, organiziral klub iz Trnave. Bilo mi je v veselje in čast delati s člani njihove zveze, skupaj smo oblikovali nekaj lepih dreves, ki jih čaka lepa prihodnost. Kot običajno mi je bil v veliko pomoč Gašper, ki je v zadnjem dobrem letu in pol v šoli TORA izjemno napredoval.

Hlohovec is a historical Slovak town


Bohunice Nuclear Power plant in the distance 


The inner courtyard of Franciscan Monastery. Here all workshops were held


One of the exhibiting rooms was in the basement of the Monastery


I was especially impressed by the atmosphere at the exhibition - relaxed, without competitive approach 'who is the best, who is right' ... Just enjoying the work on trees or simply by watching them. By this approach also results will come: there is still enough place for improvement, as usually especially with better material. Bottom line: Juraj Szabo, as president of the SBA and organizers from local club did a great job and I am glad that I was your guest. Thank you guys!

Posebej se me je dotaknilo ozračje na razstavi - sproščeno, brez nenehnega dokazovanja, kdo je boljši, kdo ima prav, zgolj uživanje ob delu z drevesi ali samo ob opazovanju. Ob takšnem pristopu bodo prišli tudi rezultati; prostora za napredovanje je še veliko, tako kot običajno predvsem pri izboru materijala. A pod črto: Juraj Szabo, kot predsednik SBA in organizatorji iz lokalnega kluba so opravili odlično delo in vesel sem, da sem bil lahko vaš gost. Hvala za vse!

Trees on exhibition

The best tree on the exhibition by my opinion. Larix, by Milan Roskoš

Fagus crenata

There was also nice suiseki exhibition

New talent contest also take place at the event. Here are the candidates before contest, Juraj Szabo, president of SBA giving them some instructions


Talents (some of them) in action


Also at workshop we had a pleasure to work on one of the materials from NTC. Karol Klema wired this Pinus mugo (Photo courtesy: Karol Klema)

And the result. Not bad for first styling on ordinary nursery plant

 Gašper did a great job with helping me at workshop

This Oleander was a styling challenge...

And the result. Good job by Rasto Moravčik

Rasto inspecting the results of his work

This mugo pine was the best material on the workshop


After exhibition our journey was not over - from Hlohovec we headed to north of Czech republic, to Dvor Kralovy, home of Luboš Škoda, great bonsai-potter. Last autumn we started to discuss about production of special pot for my half-cascade juniper. Even though I prefer to pot my trees into the classical pots, I get the feeling that the juniper will shine in Luna-shape pot. So we exchanged some views, measurement and the plan was set. But the work took more time as planned. Complex manufacturing process, many layers of clay, drying and final firing at a high temperature took all winter, but the product is exactly as I imagined it!

Po koncu razstave se je potovanje za nas šele začelo - iz Hlohovca smo se odpravili na sever Češke, v Dvor Kralovy, k priznanemu izdelovalcu bonsajskih posod - Lubošu Škodi. Že lani jeseni sva se začela dogovarjati o izdelavi posebne posode za moj polkaskadni brin. Čeprav načeloma drevesa sadim v bolj ali manj klasične posode, pa se mi zdi, da bo to drevo zaživelo šele v lunasti posodi. Nekaj izmenjav mnenj, meritev in načrt je bil pripravljen. Le delo je zahtevalo več časa, kot sva sprva načrtovala. Zapleten postopek izdelave iz mnogih plasti gline, sušenja in končno peke pri visoki temperaturi, je vzel vso zimo, ampak izdelek je točno tak, kot sem si ga zamislil!

Juniper is now growing in this pot

One of the ideas we discussed with Luboš

This was the final idea, Luna-shaped ceramic pot




At the end of January Luboš send me the fisrt photos of finished pot, still drying. We agreed to go with firing!

When we arrived, Luboš take me to the workshop almost immediately and expected my reaction with interest. The pot was even better than I expect and it will complement the tree perfectly! I can't wait to re-pot the juniper next spring!

Ob prihodu me je Luboš takoj povabil v svojo delavnico in z zanimanjem pričakoval mojo reakcijo - posoda je boljša, kot sem pričakoval in bo perfektno dopolnjevala drevo! Komaj čakam, da brin naslednjo pomlad presadim vanjo! 

Dvor Kralovy, main square

Luboš showing me on of his amazing pots. I can imagine one of my Prunus mahaleb in it, oh yea!

Gašper and Luboš in Luboš's workshop

Here it is: perfect pot for my juniper!


Luboš show us some more of his amazing pots, as he said: "One can succeed only with high quality and different style." And he succeeds in both: his pots are really quality and something special for sure. Luboš, thanks again!

Luboš nam je z veseljem pokazal še nekaj svojih izjemnih izdelkov; kot je povedal sam: "Prepričaš lahko le z visoko kakovostjo in svojim slogom." In oboje je Lubošu uspelo - njegove posode so visoko kvalitetne in gotovo nekaj posebnega. Luboš, še enkrat hvala za trud! 

sreda, 01. junij 2016

RAIN

Rainy, peaceful day in my garden ...

Deževen, miren dan v vrtu ...



torek, 24. maj 2016

LONG TIME ...

Quite some time has passed since my last blog entry ... But so many things happened meanwhile! And that is also the main reason why I didn't post. (Well, I regularly post on TORA facebook page...) The biggest project of the past winter was building tokonoma in my studio. Tokonoma is an important instrument for bonsai study, for study composition and the most important: for KHAZARI - the art of bonsai presentation. Building take almost two months of planning, searching for material and hard work. But in the end I am very happy with the result. Some details still missing, but tokonoma already serves it's purpose.

Kar nekaj časa je preteklo od zadnje objave ... Toda vmes se je zgodilo toliko stvari! In prav to je glavni razlog za to, da nisem objavljal. (No, na TORA facebook strani redno objavljam ...) Največji projekt pretekle zime je bila gradnja tokonome v atelejeju. Tokonoma je pomemben instrument pri študiju bonsaja, pri študiju kompozicije in kar je najpomembnejše: pri umetnosti KAZARI - to je umetnost predstavljanja bonsaja. Gradnja je vzela skoraj dva meseca načrtovanja, iskanja materijala in dela. Toda na koncu sem z rezultatom zadovoljen. Nekaj podrobnosti še manjka, toda tokonoma že služi svojemu namenu.










Meanwhile the work with students didn't stop, many old and new, local and international students came to the atelier and we did some great projects. 

Med tem delo s študenti seveda ni stalo. Veliko novih, lokalnih in mednarodnih študentov je prišlo v atelje in napravili smo nekaj lepih projektov.









And time went by, spring quietly arrived, the trees are dressed in leaves; after a year and a half of intensive study in TORA school Gašper was ready for his first big confrontation - he was a Slovenian candidate at New Talent Contest at EBA convention in Sekesfehervar, Hungary. He did a good job and I am proud of his achievement.

In čas je mineval, pomlad je tiho prišla, drevesa so se oblekla v liste; po letu in pol intenzivnega študija v TORI je bil Gašper pripravljen na svoje prvo veliko soočenje - bil je slovenski kandidat na tekmovanju novih talentov na EBA konvenciji v Sekesfehervarju na Madžarskem. Dobro se je odrezal in ponosen sem na njegov dosežek.









Now the work continues. Work on beautiful trees is our main motto and we'll continue to do so. And the trees will speak for us! Next international stop will be Slovak national exhibition in Hlohovec. You can join me at the workshop, see you all there!

In delo teče naprej. Delo na lepih drevesih je naš glavni moto in tako bo tudi ostalo. In drevesa bodo govorila za nas! Naslednja mednarodna postaja bo slovaška nacionalna razstava v Hlohovcu. Tam se mi lahko pridružite na delavnici. Se vidimo!