sobota, 23. septembra 2017


My video report from national exhibition that took place at the Botanical garden in Košice and was organized by SBA, Bonsai centre Košice and Bonsai club Košice. It was actually 2 exhibitions in 1 - the first one consisting of member´s trees and the second one of trees from Bonsai centre Košice.

Background music is my original instrumental composition called "Wind in my bonsai garden".

sobota, 16. septembra 2017


It took place at Julo Kolesár´s place and it was a really nice day :)

I styled this juniper that was on sale for 15 euros in the garden centre and named it in a tribute to my newly born girls Bea and Rea - Mother with twins.

Karol and Julo were working together on another juniper

Milan Miko´s juniper have been discussed 

some other works

and random pics from the day

Milan Miko´s goulash is LEGENDARY!!! 

utorok, 12. septembra 2017


I have chosen the definite front for recently styled juniper.
It has better overall movement.
But since the tree was styled for the front that now became back of a tree, the crown will be edited a bit as time goes by and backbudding kicks in.

I am thinking about 2 pot styles for it, first would be to take it in chinese penjing direction following the styles of Wu Chengfa, Chen Chang and other penjing masters

or more common flower or round pot that is frequently used by another penjing master Qingquan Zhao too, and nearly always for japanese literati bonsai.

I like them both pretty much and can´t make up my mind.
But I have lot of time to think about this ahead so hopefully I will choose the one that will make me happy at the end. And if not I can try the other one after some time so this is not a real problem :D

nedeľa, 10. septembra 2017


After a season of nice growth in a new plastic training pot I started working on this juniper on a friday morning. I considered this side as a front for a more like "bonsai" looking tree, or ...

the other one, but from this one I would see more of a "tree" bonsai, some informal upright of a sort in it.

I am very hesitant to do this kind of decisions, but in a few moments something starts me on and I cut and cut ... and then I am like - f..k, I shouldn´t have done that. :D
But once it is done it cannot be undone and I have to continue with the final decision.
So I went for the first idea.
After some cutting and making deadwood I had to go to work, but left early in the evening to continue working on a tree, casue once I start, I cannot think about anything else.
So some pics from late evening work:

There were 2 branches left with the foliage, the one for the main design was broken some time in the past and fixed itself and healed. And then it came to my hands. And I broke it again when I was messing with it and moving it around to see how I will position it. So I fixed it back with a glue, wrapped it in a tape and made sure it won´t be moving during the styling with few circles of a thick wire.

and then my girfriend rang the phone and asked if I am not gonna sleep tonight.
So I went to sleep, setting the alarm for early start on saturday morning, eventually waking up half an hour before it went on.
So back to work to our summer kitchen located across the yard.
I finished wiring the branches an moved them to the positions and when it was brighter and warmer outside, I came out with this:

Jins were a bit awkward but I kept them for the time being, no more cutting before I think about it for at least 24 hours is my new rule I want to go by.
What was bothering me was the long straight part and the only fix I could see because of it´s thickness would be carving it significantly to make it look more interesting at least.
So I turned the dremel on and went to give it a try.
I only carved 2 little trees so far with not a great results, but studied lot of pics on Harry Harrington´s Bonsai4me page since then, as well as other works by other artists and I tried to put in practice what I thought I got from it.

I made some hollows in the trunk and I will make more in the future, making the trunk more interesting I hope. But first I wanna make sure I see them lifelines where they are.
So after carving I used some wet ash and brushed it in the deadwood followed by applying the jin liquid just as Harry does it to not get the bright white colour on it as I don´t like it like that and consider it more natural when the shade is a bit darker.
And on sunday I did some more carving and sorted those jins out.
After the jin liquid dried in the afternoon I did a photo session and here are some resulting pics.
Please consider it "work in progress" cause much more carving will be done on the trunk in the future.

streda, 6. septembra 2017


I collected one interesting pine last may and ever since I wondered what shape it is gonna end up with.
It would be easy to cut most of the branches, use the lower ones that could be bent easily and make use of a relatively thick trunk by making the tree much shorter.
And create quite ordinary pine bonsai.
But even though that woudn´t be too bad and I would probably like it like that too, I prefer to get the most of every tree and use all of it´s potential and offered branches.
That´s why I started to browse the net and after quite some time I came along this beauty by the scottish loch. The dividing trunk separates from the main lower one in very similiar fashion, and although it is gonna take a long time to bring the foliage down where I need it, I think it is gonna be well worth the time and effort - cause there are not many bonsais that actually mimics large scot´s pines in the wild. And as I was living in Scotland for 6 moths some time ago, and love the country, I will make me a piece of Scotland at home with a large penjing imitating large pine by the loch.
First cuts will be done soon as the tree is growing strong and the roots are growing from the bottom of the crate into the ground as I found out today.

utorok, 5. septembra 2017


This tree was collected in august or september 2015.
It was planted in a deep container and left alone for a year.


Tento strom bol kopaný v auguste alebo septembri 2015.
Bol zasadený do hlbokého kvetináča a nechaný na pokoji po celý rok.

In summer 2016 after I saw that the tree is growing nicely after collection, I brought it to our local club meeting where it was styled by our slovakian bonsai association president Juraj Szabo.

V lete 2016, po tom čo som videl že pekne rastie som ho zobral na diskusiu na tvarovačku košického bonsai klubu, kde bol rovno aj natvarovaný prezidentom slovenskej bonsajovej asociácie Jurajom Szabom.

The tree reacted with lot of backbudding and continued to be happy.

Strom na tvarovanie zareagoval množstvom pukov a bol šťastný aj naďalej,

I watered and fertilized it heavilly and the wires started to bite in in less than 2 months.

Veľa som polieval a hnojil a neprešli ani dva mesiace a drôty sa začali zarezávať.

So I removed them and the tree started to look messier and messier...

Tak som ich odstránil a stromček vyzeral čím ďalej strapatejšie.

Spring 2017 - my girlfriend made very cool sirup from the pinched tips of new growth that is supposed to be great against cough. It tastes very good.

Jar 2017 - priateľka nám spravila zo zaštipnutých končekov noveho obrastu výborný sirup, ktorý by mal byť dobrý proti kašľu.

I was waiting for the right time to style it that should be when the temperatures are going down in september. So yesterday before the styling began the tree looked like this:

Čakkal som na správny čas na tvarovanie, čo by malo byť v septembri keď teploty začnú klesať a včera, keď prišiel ten čas, vyzeral stromček takto:

As the first styling was done regarding relatively recent collection the previous year, I was looking forward to do it properly and cut back hard to be able to start building ramification. So after a few hours of work on a cool september evening it was done. And here are final pics of a styled tree.
I didn´t wire it completelly as I don´t see the point at this stage and more wiring will be done as time passes by and the ramification builds up.

Keďže prvé tvarovanie bolo robené s ohľadom na nedávne vykopanie rok predtým, tešil som sa na toto druhé, lebo konečne som to mohol spraviť poriadne a strihať až k prvým pukom na začiatku vetiev, kvôli budovaniu správneho vetvenia bližšie pri kmeni. Tak po pár hodinách počas chladného septembrového večera bola úloha splnená a tu sú fotky po tvarovaní. Nebol kompletne nadrôtovaný pretože na to teraz ešte nevidím dôvod a keďže je to smrek, bude ešte neraz predrôtovávaný kvôli svojím pružným konárom, a detailnejšie až keď sa vytvorí trošku vetvenia.

Next step is to plant it on a piece of rock or a slab.

Ďalší krok je presadenia na skalu alebo kamenný plát.