Itoigawa Workshop: Start to Finish

Very well done! I liked how you pointed out the strong tips to cut back to. It’s one thing to hear someone say it but for us visual people out there to see exactly what someone is talking about is key!
Re potting junipers is something that would be good to have a post on, or maybe you already do. I am always confused when I go to re pot. Considering each root is tied to a specific branch on a juniper it almost makes it impossible to reduce the roots down in order to fit into a smaller pot. Or does it…?

Bonsai Prelude

Itoigawa before photo Itoigawa before photo

The workshop I chose to participate in this past weekend was the Itoigawa juniper workshop with Ryan Neil. In this post I hope to point out some of the things I learned, guiding us through the process of styling just as we did in the workshop. So get your notebooks out, this is going to be a long one.

The first step of the styling process (assuming you’ve already chosen the tree) is to identify the following, in order of importance:

1. Find the best base for your tree. By this I mean view your tree from every side, the idea is to find stability. Trees that have an unstable appearance (generally caused by a very thin trunk entering the ground) create an unstable feeling in the viewer. In most cases you’ll want to pick the view where your tree looks the widest at the point where…

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