I must say that, as there are more and more serious bonsai-ists out there trying their best to turn Bonsai into an industry, even into a Big Business, with supply chains and professional this and thats, we must not forget that what we are really only doing is playing with little trees.
And, like most ART, most people wouldn’t pay $5 for that stupid (fill in the blank) that you’re asking $2000 for.
So,take it easy.
That said, let the madness ensue…..
This month, the NoNaMe study group hosted Guy Guidry, cypress man extraordinaire.
The cast of rogues participating:
Nick, late of the Russian mafia
Dave. Stone cold Kitchen Designer.
Hey, look! Jerry made it! Careful, he’s known to go Postal on anyone who crosses him
Dave, mi amigo. He gets things done, he’s a Fixer.
Bobby, knows the Who, What,Where,When and How.
He’s number 1 in my book. Need to get him a new shirt.
Guaracha! He’s The Collector. Very familiar with The Jungle.
The tree of the day was taxodium distichum. Bald cypress (this is Guy Guidry, after all)
We did have a couple of podocarpus
And some pines, buttonwood.
But mostly cypress. Which was fine by Guy.
There was loads of carving done
And even some burning
It was quite a day. If you can get him, I suggest booking Guy for a club event or even a private session. His nursery is in Covington Louisiana. And he just opened up a bonsai boutique in New Orleans. Check them out.
He’s been working on bonsai for close to 30 yrs and his depth of knowledge is impressive. And his knowledge is seasoned with experience. He knows his trees, his techniques and his art.
Plus he’s very personable and expressive.
Which comes out in his art.
Here’s one cypress tree, start to finish.
Guy begins with a straight, tall tree
It gets wrapped in raffia and not one, not two but three lengths of aluminum wire.
this was the “uh oh!” Branch. In case the main trunk broke.
Almost done. Just a quick repot and some more branch placement
There will be those out there who are going to say “that doesn’t look like a tree, cypress don’t grow like that in nature!”
Well, my friends, they do. Look up Joe Samuels. The logo tree for the 2007 BSF Convention was a cypress tree that existed (see here).
Most old dwarfed cypress look like the next tree though.
This one was nursery bought, believe it or not.
“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, and so on and so forth….” – sorry I just couldn’t help myself.
haha none the less great post! I enjoyed reading it!
These are the days that are remembered. Nice documentation. One of these days people will look for these kinds of things as the old gaurd moves on. Thanks for presenting it.