Thursday, August 2, 2012

European black pine #13

European black pine, Pinus nigra Austriaca, collected in Austria in 2010. The last image is a virtual. It might go into the final pot by April 2013.

The trick was to get rid or the enormous crown and make the new crown with the lowest branch only.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bet you're dealing with bonsai most of your life Walter, I wonder if you have given the though of working with tropical trees. Tropical trees are very different in many different aspects. I know you live in Europe and most of the tropical trees won't survive there, but maybe you could bring the academy to Florida, Puerto Rico, or any other tropical/sub tropical place. I mean tropical trees are a complete different story.

Walter Pall said...

I spent four weeks in Florida ten years ago. I will be performing and teaching in Puerto Rico in November this year.
I don't bring the Bonsai Academy to places. Places find a way to get me. It takes a strong local person who organizes the thing and gets the funds. Then all it takes is a date which is available.
Tropical trees take the very same artistic approach but horticulturally they are different in many respects. One can achieve in five years what I can achieve in a lifetime. On the other hand the enormous character of our trees most of the time is lacking. I have no problem at all to woke with tropical trees.
I often wonder why folks make such a big fuss about keeping them in a separate bag. At the same token we might speak about Mediterranean trees, High-alpine trees. Artistically they are all the same. I mean the approach, not the forms. The most common and biggest mistake is to style tropical trees to look like a juniper that desperatly wants to look like a pine which is of plastic and has forgotten that it is about real trees. Or so.

Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know what to say, I never though you'd come to Puerto Rico... I was dreaming of going to Europe and seeing your garden and meeting you... I have to say, I have not seen nobody do bonsai as good as you, I mean you really know art. I had a very low hope of you coming to Florida, but no, you're coming even closer! Puerto Rico!

I'm not making a big fuss about the differences in trees, I just wanted you to do tropical trees (nea buxifolia, delonix regia and others) with your original and exciting way of doing bonsai. I'm sorry if I sounded like if I was saying you could not work with tropical trees because they where different, its quite the contrary, I WISHED you give tropical trees a taste of your art. When I said its a different story with tropical trees I meant it in a creative way. I know most of them are practically the same to the european, or if not, they will look the same after the job is done. And yes, have a terrible issue with people making a deciduous tropical tree look like a pine (I've always hated it, it makes no sense at all).

Where can I get information about your performance in Puerto Rico, I have to go.
I really wished I did not bother you.

Best Regards,
A fan

Walter Pall said...

contact Sylvia Avín, from The Bonsai Club de Puerto Rico

Chris G. said...

Absolutely stunning tree, styling and progression! I love the powerful and rugged trunk Walter! I can only hope to have something like this in my collection in my lifetime ;)

Walter Pall said...

Chris, this species is very similar to ponderosa. We have some trees similar to this one at Nature's Way Nursery.

Chris G. said...

Well then I'm going to have to attend another of your workshops then Walter ;) And I wouldn't have wanted to be the one who dug this monster up and carried it down the mountain. lol It reminds me of that huge lodgepole pine? at Jims.