Category Archives: carving

 The Bougainvillea Studies

Pablo does not approve. He’s sittin’ over there passing judgement on my weeding skills. Like he can do better, he’s just a disembodied, floating wooden face with a disagreeable temperament.  I guess I need to do some weeding, forthwith. Or maybe he … Continue reading

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A flat-top, bald cypress bonsai story, and a question. 

I posted a pic in the social media jungle a few weeks ago. It caused some debate (aside from the flack I got from the recycle bin in the background, that is).   It wasn’t really my intention to stir the … Continue reading

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Deadwood bending, trial by fire

Let me stand next to your FIRE!  Recently, I was tasked with some juniper carving. Usually one does that with a pair of Jin pliers and maybe an exacto knife. But ain’t nobody got time for that now. And I … Continue reading

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I make a fig weep……

Behold, yonder tree, sitting on yonder table, shaking in anticipatory dread for the tortuous and barbaric bonsai techniques that soon will be practiced upon it. Verily, it’s naming, the Weeping Fig, shall prove true today. Ficus Benjamina, or, as many a bonsai … Continue reading

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A demo tree I just couldn’t give up

There I was, day two, enjoying the sweltering afternoon sun at the Brevard Zoo, hanging with my peeps at their annual showing at the zoo, trying to sell trees and keep cool, when Reggie asks, “Hey, where’s Rob? He’s supposed … Continue reading

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Stuck between a rock and a bonsai

Where’s my chisel? I’m thinking that this tree needs to be in this rock. What about you?  It’ll fit. I’m sure of it. Maybe. I have experience putting big things into small places…… I know how to work my tool. That, my friends, … Continue reading

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The Bougie Man

Oh yeah, there’s a tree in there somewhere.  There it is.  That’s a chunk o’ wood.  The side.  The back. Definitely the back. If you’re on Instagram, here’s a Short Video for your perusement, hey, I just invented a word. Amusement+peruse.  Perusement. Pronounce … Continue reading

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