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Sweet tree, sweet pot. Pedro Morales says that it's a shohin size bonsai from his cousin Carlos C. Morales. The pot is Japanese. Glen Lord suggested that the tree is a type of Ixora. For those of you who don’t know Pedro Morales, he’s a well known bonsai artist, teacher and author from Puerto Rico. All of today's trees are his.
Bill Valavanis took this and the rest of today's photos at the 45th Gafu Ten Shohin Bonsai Exhibition. Bill is a very busy man who provides an endless stream of some of the world's best bonsai. Because it's impossible for him to do everything, some photos are without captions, including this one. So we'll leave it at that.
Mountain Hemlock after its yearly trim. This is a big one—5’6”, taking 2-4 people with poles and straps to lift. Visit it at the Portland Japanese Garden, in the hidden terrace up the stairs of the main building…like many things there, it’s like a treasure hunt. Full story on my blog; link on my profile.
Ikenobo shears are probably the most popular and most frequently used ikebana tool in the world and this stainless version may also be one of the most beautiful Designed for cutting flower stems. If you want to cut anything heavier, you'll likely need our heavy duty ikebana shear 2" blades, 6.5" overall Made in Japan by Okatsune, one of very best hand tool makers in the world
These ordinary looking shears are much more than meets the eye. Light, easy to handle with long strong super blades and hardwood handle and easily adjustable tension, they are among the best hedge shears in the world. And, they work to perfection on field grown bonsai. Like all Okatsune tools, these are built to continue cutting for as long as you can do the same 22" 5.7" blade. Made in Japan by Okatsune, one of very best hand tool makers in the world BEWARE OF KNOCK OFFS! If you see a price el
Designed primarily for field work but still, a handy all purpose shear for easy bonsai cuts and variety of light garden jobs. Professional grape growers and others often give these tools to their help & don't worry too much if they are lost or abused. Excellent value and does the job, but not a masters grade tool like most Okatusne tools. 7.5" Made in Japan. 7.5" Made in Japan. BEWARE OF KNOCK OFFS! If you see a price elsewhere for any Okatsune tool that's too good to be true, it might be a
This is an excellent set for a wide range of bonsai pruning & trimming tasks. Each tools is made of high quality carbon steel for precision cuts and lifetime durability. Satsuki shears for delicate cuts, Kiri shears for a long reach, Classic bonsai shears for strength and versatility, and Heavy Duty shears for roots or tough top cuts. Made in Japan by Yoshiaki Bonsai Tools.
Satsuki shears are often called Azalea Scissors (satsuki which means 5th month, refers to the type azaleas that bloom in May). This is an excellent tool for trimming buds and reaching into tight spots without damaging tender shoots and blossoms. The ideal bonsai tool for delicate hands and delicate cuts. Made in Japan. 1.5" blade, 7" overall
Kiri shears are one of our favorite all-around trimming tools. It has the heft and strength of the classic bonsai shear and its long neck and fine tipped blade provide the reach and precision of the Satsuki shear. If you could have only one bonsai shear and the majority of your cuts are on small to medium size branches, you may find this is the perfect tool for you. Made in Japan by Yoshiaki tools. 2.25" blade, 8" overall.
Concave branch cutters are design to remove branches without leaving unsightly scars and are an indispensable tool for any bonsai enthusiast. If you own only two bonsai tools, this should be one of them. 8" (205 mm). Made in Japan by Yoshiaki, company known for quality bonsai tools.