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Styling

Yamadori giant

The late Serge Clémence was a real bonsai Master, who mainly worked on yamadori trees. His bonsai, all dug up by himself and carried on his back down the mountainside, have become iconic works. ..

Design Sketch

Ghost rider

François Jeker analyses the Juniperus sabina of Antonio J. Lozano Heemskerk.


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Styling

Taming the wild

It is really easy to create a magnificent bonsai if you start from raw material with great potential. There are those trees that at first glance already have the right look. You only have to use the appropriate techniques to make that tree into a high-level bonsai.


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Father and Son

The Sanriku junipers: Father and Son Omachi work on yamadori trees


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Masterclass

THE GIANT LOOP

Mauro Stemberger styles a massive Scots pine with a loop shaped trunk


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Case History

The survivor

Harry Harrington rapidly develops a field elm into a bonsai...


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Design Sketch

Greek Olives

Jan Culek sketches options for Reginald Jooren's olive.


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Styling

Just drop it

Creating a literati red pine by focusing on the dropping branch


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Styling

First steps

Pinus Nigra - From raw material to bonsai in 7 years.


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Technique

Bjorn’s approach

Bjorn Bjorholm demonstrates scion grafting for foliage replacement of junipers.


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Column

Do you have too many trees?

I have visited the gardens of numerous bonsai enthusiasts and what surprises me most is that frequently they have far too many trees to maintain.


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Bonsai Biker

The bonsai passion of Stefan Gmur. What was your professional education? I was educated as a toolmaker in the watch industry and afterwards completed my studies at the Fachhochschule as a graduate engineer and business engineer. Today, I work as a divisional manager for one of the world’s largest manufacturers…...


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Trial and error

Self-taught, Pavel Slovák, started doing bonsai while still in military service. Through hard work and many misfortunes he managed to create his very own style.


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Workshop

Hidden in cones

According to Todd, Douglas firs are one of the most unpredictable trees he has worked with.


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Wearing my signature

The bonsai passion of Jörg Derlien Styling and care for the tree should fit together like a hand in a glove, according to Jörg Derlien I bought a few seeds and pots, but this went horribly wrong What was your training? I am a Media Designer and Product Photographer in

Case History

I will burn all my trees

François Jeker’s 31-year-journey growing a bonsai forest When we make a bonsai forest, we think we are the Creator. We are under the illusion that we decide everything, the choice of the trees and their placement, but nature has already done a good part of the work. When we collect…...


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Styling

Why does he want to break free

Massimo Bandera wants to work unhindered by convention For Massimo Bandera bonsai is very much an art form. The bonsai artist should be free from conventions and rules. In the process of creating an extraordinary olive (Olea europaea sylvestris), Massimo found much inspiration in the Japanese aesthetics and Zen philosophy,…...


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