This European mountain pine, also called mugo pine, Pinus mugo, was collecte in the Austrian Alps in 1990 by Horst Heinzlreiter. Yes, the famous potter is also extremely good at finding world class bonsai material. He kept this tree in the box since then. The nebari and the lower part of the trunk are outstanding. But the upper part of the trunk had this strange kink and then went straigt up into the air in an awkward angle. Will this ever be a good bonsai? And then it is huge. Is it not too big for a decent bonsai?
Juergen Zaar, the upcoming German bonsai master was assigned headliner of the EBA Convention (Europen Bonsai Assosciation) in Poland in the spring of 2006. He talked Horst into lending him this piece of material to be styled at the convention. Juergen did a vey good job as one can see.
1) around 1995, sooon after collection
2) in 2004
3) in spring of 2006, just before the first styling
4) after the demo in Poland in Juergen's garden in Decmeber 2006
5) Juergen with his master piece, showing the sheer size of the beast.