On this page You will find some articles I wrote about my experience over Bonsai world.
 

From the flower bed to Tokonoma - It often happens, during some walk with the family, to see both in private houses and in public gardens some junipers or pines of different species free to grow wild and invade all the room around becoming an unshaped bush.
Meeting these wild bushes the Bonsai artist's mind immediately start to imagine what could come out from that green and so, if possible, he tend to ask the owner the permission to drew it out free of charge......

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An outskirts juniper - A Juniperus Chinensis bonsai tale - Often when we bought a tree, especially if it comes from a nursery without any bonsai peculiarity, we use to begin the work without scheduling a working programme to following in different times.
It's very important before beginning, to schedule the actions and proceed with them step by step in the right time, so that the tree can overcome the stress produced by the work, all this has to be kept in mind especially when we have all the necessary time, with exception for demonstrations......


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Old Gold Juniper - On January 1996, walking through a nurnery ( Oltre Il Verde ), I noticed a nice Old Gold Juniper. It is among the best of this specie, usually it grows very luxuriant., the light green buds are numerous often with top florescence.
It was fairly probable for this tree to get its final destination in same city square or round about to make them nicer, but it wasn't like that, I bought it myself and from the moment I had this juniper on my working desk I began evaluating times and methods to realize this project of mine......


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A long lasting workshop - The history of this tree begin with the Italian trip of Master Kimura (Pescia 1995). My interest on his art works it's always a strong feeling very alive in my mind. To me and many others which were able to see his art works, aven only in pictures..., it was a marvellous opportunity. The object was to attend one of his workshops, the first organized by A.I.B. and the other by untiring Costantino Franchi. With lucky and great happiness, a few weeks before his arrival, I was told to be accepted as studend for one of that workshop.......

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Chamaecyparis Pisifera - In this article we are going to take into consideration a specie used very few times by bonsai asrtists: Chamaecyparis Pisifera, it's hard to find it on the nurseries, it could be find only in vey small dimension, but however interesting for realizing bonsai related projects.
This variety of false cypress is suitable both for make classical style bonsai, Chokkan or Moyogi, and for more suffered realizations; in these cases it can be found several solutions.......


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The charm of Shari - Many times I asked myself how a tree could survive to such a extreme ambioent situation.
The nature is ruthless, as a matter of fact, for some trees it's hard to survive the hard mountain climate. Sometime them need to find around the last wet grain of earth or protect themselves from the froze under the snow even if they are forced to sacrifice some branches.
In the brginning I was not so charmed by this kind of bonsai because in my point of view I found them too much artificial, more like a statue then a bonsai.......
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Scheduled works on a Juniperus Chinensis - Whan we buy a tree, in particular when it is a nursery one without any bonsai bent, we use to start immediately in model it without any working and timescheduling. It is important to proceed step by step in the time suitable for the tree to allow it to overcome the working stress. (a cold greenhouse, during winter time, helps the trees recovery form repotting and working keeping humidity and warmer temperatures) Thanks to my bad experiences, we must resist to get the result in a rush, the tree would be more satisfactory and healthier........

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Twisting path (Old Gold Juniper) - It's not easy to be able to go further from the classical styles I learnt form the earlier training courses, I got fixed on my mind the picture of formal upright style (chokkan), or informal upright (moyogi), always following the same steps: first branch, second branch, third one, and so on. In the past when it happened to me to work on trees exceeding these characteristics, it became difficult to obtain a potential bonsai; maybe this was the reason why I got into mind confusion and thought during my training period attending demonstration and workshop I wasn't able to clearly learn the working methodology........

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Yew: a splendid species - If I had to express my preference about a tree, I would choose the Yew without any doubt. It's shocking the quick reply it gives to the modelling, the high numer of buds it can develop after pinching operations, the easy rootage development and repotting bearing, it never lose a branch also with heavy sculpture operation, and so on.
My Yew history it's an old one, and for this, a lot more satisfacting. The experience teach me that every correct working step, can reduce the gap between a nursery tree and a bonsai tree.........


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Thuja (Tuia ) - It belong to Cupressaceae botanical family. There are 5 species of it, it is native of China and United States' north regions. It is usually of small and medium dimension with a slow growing rate. The foliage is in scale shape and does not let see the branch structure, for this is often used to create hedges.
On a saturday afternoon, with some friends to a nursery with the intention to buy some Pines we saw on a previous evening waiting to buy them on a sunny day for a better evaluation. After a carefully evalutation we decided to buy only two of them, the most interesting of course.........


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