Monday, September 10, 2007

The anaconda mugo - part 3

I planted it into the larges mica pot and there it stood for four vegetation periods. It was way too heavy to lift it alone. With two strong guys one could try it, but it was difficult. So we never moved it. Quite a few folks asked about it. Soeme Italians were quoting pretty high figures. For me it was always too large and I was tempted to sell or trade it.
Today, beginnign of September 2007 was the day for the heavy stuff. So I moved it all alone to my working place.


Anonymous said...


This tree would seem to have crossing branches, too little foliage, be potted too high in the wrong pot, will most likely have too much dead wood, may or may not have a flow to it and is of course too large. You could write an article on breaking rules with this one. But, we once agreed if you are going to break a rules, you might as well really break them. I believe that as you develop this tree and show us how it comes through its first styling - you are going to throw some rules completely out the window.

I am excited to watch, and quite confident your vision will show how doing a number of things against convention can bring harmony to the overall design.

Rich from Oregon

Walter Pall said...


it is intersting and revealing that you say this. I woud say that most American bonsaiists would see it that way. I used to say exactly the same thing around ten years ago.
You might be intersted that this here is thought to be prime material, like world class. It costs big money.
The reason it is prime mateiral is that it absolutely has no talent for cookie cutter bonsai which so many think is 'classical' but which is only mediocre and old-fashioned.
It is material for a modern bosani which is the way all the acknowledged artists in Europe would go. It is so good because it will have so much deadwood and it is so complicated. It will have enormous flow and presence.
For me it is just too big. And then I do modern bonsai but I am now more into post-modern bonsai, which is naturalistc in my case. This tree has abolutely no talent to look like a real pine tree. so it is not something that would be considered for a naturaistic styling.

A tree like this can only be sold to a rather small group of peolple; those who would know hao to treat it. Well, rather small is an understatement. I think there are around 500 or more artists in Europe who would do a good job with it.

What many conceive 'good' material, is obvious material, is for beginners and intermeidiates who don't know better. And it is for thsoe oldtimers who have never learned how to do modern bonsai and becoming an extinct species in Europe. 'Good' bonai amterial sells easiyl, but does not demand a high price. It will never ever win an award. This one, the anconda, will win any award if it comes to the right hands.