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Did you just call me escambron again….that’s it, I’m gonna….wait, what, that’s the name of a tree?

Escambron, a tree native to Puerto Rico. If you say escambron with just a little bit of the emphasis on the right syllable and slur it a bit, you might just be saying a bad word (shut your mouth…) Let’s … Continue reading

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I’m at it again, trying to stand when I should be sitting…..

Uh oh, what am I doing now? Why sit when you can stand? Let’s get a’buildin’! I have some rusty angle iron, some twisty legs off a coffee table. A channel piece from something. All cast off metal. Found objects. … Continue reading

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Pigeon plum, a vomitoria and the withered trunk

Two more trees for your perusal (and, of course, my self edification).  A pigeon plum…and a dwarf yaupon….The yaupon is currently in a style I’ll call the “Bozo the Clown style”. You’ll have to Google that one. It’s a style … 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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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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Refinement carving on a buttonwood 

This’ll be a quick look at a client’s buttonwood and how I try to match new carving to old deadwood. Not easy but you can get close.  Here’s the buttonwood, ready for work.  It’s a little green, I know. The … Continue reading

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Taking a stand 

The 2016 Bonsai Societies of Florida annual convention is coming up (go here for details, there’s still some room in the workshops) and I, again, have a tree in the  dog and pony sho…aaa, the exhibit this year so it is, … Continue reading

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