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My Bonsai Publications

1)Bonsai for Beginners,  2)Totally Bonsai, 2)Growing Bonsai, 
3)Bonsai School,4) Bonsai Masterclass and 5)The Bonsai Handbook

Written and mainly photographed by Craig Coussins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Recent styling by Craig Coussins-
Hinoki, Scots Pine,  Juniper, Sequoia etc: click this line
Craig Coussins recommends
PetFlex®  and you can see that used in some of  these stylings Petflex® is a Cohesive Bandage suitable for wrapping branches instead of Raffia.  PetFlex® does not tear bark but is so strong that while wood can be bent there is little or no chance of breaking  The Website is here: just click this paragraph

 

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On Left: Kunio Kobayashi and Craig Coussins, Tokyo Mr Kobayashi's Bonsai and Tokonoma displays  are featured in Craig's book, Bonsai Masterclass

On Right: Craig with the late Saburo Kato at his home in Mansi-en

The chairman of Japan Bonsai Association, at his Mansei-en Bonsai garden in Bonsai Village Omiya, Saitama Prefecture with a copy of  Craig's new Book Bonsai Masterclass exchanged for a copy of the Mansei-en Book - Always happy memories of the Kato family and their great friendship and kindness.
Craig first worked with Saburo's son Hatsuji Kato at the inaugural Russian Bonsai Convention in 1992 which Craig helped to organise. Craig was a regular teacher to the Moscow Bonsai Club which was under the direction of Tamara Belousova

 

 

Trade Only:Pots,Lanterns etc

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Bonsai Pots and Accessories from China-Please note that we are manufacturers and not agents. We are happy to work with buying groups for nurseries or clubs.
www.potsforbonsai.com The worlds leading wholesale manufacturer of Bonsai Pots, Bamboo fence designs, Granite Lanterns, Bonsai Tables, Mini Buildings for Penjing and teapots and ceramics. Now added a superb range of Modern furniture and Period Furniture  Fantastic information on China and Chinese culture.

The owners fascinating biography

 
Rob and Craigs Celtis group

On my first Bonsai visit to South Africa I needed to find material for my demo at the convention. Rob was kind enough to let me use some raw material from his large Yamadori collection . I chose Celtis Africana or White Stinkwood which allowed me to prune and do some basic styling  quickly. Rob and some of the East Rand guys helped me prepare the trees for transplanting and we spent a day getting the Material ready. On the big day I was on the stage and explained that I was going to make a group. Some of the audience started whispering while others looked on in disbelief. The stage was empty except for a table on which there was a tiny pot with three tiny trees no more that 8 inches tall. I looked at the audience and then the material , made the three tree group  while all the time keeping a very straight face. When completed five minutes later I exploded with anger saying 'was this all South Africa could offer a visiting teacher?' Then I threw the tiny group into the side of the stage. The audience was either amused or horrified as after all, they did not know how I was going to react with this demo material. Then Rob and his team came on stage with a six foot long pot and these enormous trees. The audience were delighted with the joke and we had what was a four hour demo. Here are the results. It was really all down to Rob who made that demo possible.

Knowing that Rob was so highly respected as a teacher I asked him to be in my recent book where I included some of Rob’s superb work. It was through Rob’s contacts that this book also showed some of the amazing and international quality of the Bonsai of South African artists. As a fan of South African Bonsai and these artists I was happy to know that.  Rob  illuminated our life we should not be here to praise the ashes of the departed but to preserve his fire through the joyous memory of the man himself and that we will always be able to say, 'Rob Clausen, I knew him well'

Recent styling by Craig Coussins-
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My new Scrolls pages  www.tokonomascrolls.com

Who am I? Please visit my testimonials pages.
 

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Big John: John Yoshio Naka first came to the UK for a Tour in 1984. Craig filmed the entire tour with a Video company and then Craig spent 10 weeks editing each of the four hours into one hour films. Originally sold back in the 1980's the Videos sales soon collapsed because of wholesale copying by clubs, societies and other people. Theft in other words. the money that FoBBS  was supposed to get was quickly diluted by these individuals. These films are now being presented as DVDs and will be sold to aid Federation of British Bonsai Society Funds. With some hi Tec marking we will hopefully be able to reduce this kind of Piracy theft. One venue, Edinburgh was never shown before and this will form part of the DVD set.. During 1984 Naka san visited Edinburgh where Craig hosted him for workshops as well s the demo. Naka san worked on this Scots pine and this was named after him and called , 'Big John'. From there on in Peter Adams and Craig (shown here) worked on the tree until  1999. A story page will soon be on this website of its development. Big John is one of the most famous trees in the UK because of its connection with the late John Yoshio Naka. The hanging branch is getting too heavy now so Steve Tolley suggested a design correction and based on that I restyled the lower section and Peter Fole helped me to redefine the present shape early in 2009. The suggestion from Steve was that the hanging section would look better by removing excess foliage and defining the angle of the cascade.

Pic 1 is with Peter Adams after we styled the lower branch in 1990. Pic 2 is with John Naka  in 1984 during the first styling. In the last 20 years over 80% of the foliage has been removed and re-grown to the present shape. Peter passed away after a short illness at the end of 2013.

October 2008     
March 2009 The new scroll is of two Cranes in the sunset-this last picture was taken at the  BBB09 show in March 09

The Bonsai is now in the collection of Steve Tolley

 

Please note that this is a personal website and not a free resource for general information
I hope that you will find that the information in my many books will cover most of your questions. Many thanks

Please email me if you would like a reciprocal link, Over 5000
visitors a week visit this website which has over 198 pages.
Craig.Coussins@btinternet.com

My garden June 2008-Deciduous tree section -there is now five sections. Deciduous, Conifers and evergreens,
Shohin,  and two for trees in work. You will find a link to my Garden Pages further down the page.

 

 

Tokonomascrolls.com  Antique Scrolls
 

Welcome to the collection of wonderful Antique Scrolls for sale  These exquisite works of art are a superb investment to give great  pleasure and be appreciated by yourself and your family.

Postal Viewing: I am happy to send you a selection of scrolls to look at
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This is a 322 page plus website.  Links are also internal from specific pages of interest.Please email me if you would like a reciprocal link, Over 5000 visitors a week visit this website which has over 322 pages. Craig.Coussins@btinternet.com

I love taking landscape images. I hope that you will enjoy some of my work-the links are  here

Please have a look at our special page of photographic online books of the landscapes of America,
China, Japan, Scotland, Iceland, Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and Snow and Ice-click this line

Have a look at some of our images of Scotland as an example


The West Highland Way-Scotland http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Westhighlandway.htm

Please have a look at our special page of photographic online books of the landscapes of America, China, Japan, Scotland, Iceland, Antarctica, the Arctic Circle and Snow and Ice-click this line

 


 

Travel to Iceland and other exotic places? Be careful with whom youy book your trip-We had a really bad experience with Discover the World

It is always worthwhile to find the best places in the world to look for inner peace, just make sure that you choose the right service provider. We went with one group called Discover the world. The initial trip was very good but when we asked for the next trip, five times incidentally, they chose to ignore my request. After a year of asking to arrange another trip I eventually had to give up and use a wonderful provider who catered to my request and set me up with a great visit back to Iceland and helped me to arrange a wonderful adventure. This is Vamos Travel. I therefore only recommend Vamos as the best travel providers for our Icelandic adventures

We were recently in Iceland. We made a photobook. If you would like to see that here is the link. Press the full screen link on the right corner of the actual book page when the page opens

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Yellow Mountain Huangshan Anhui  China

Ketchikan Alaska


New page on Japan

 
Kyoto

New Page on Japanese Gardens

  

 
Cathedral Gorge, Nevada


Craig's Landscapes from around the globe-new page being developed.

 


Les Chefs, La Cour Talensac, (marché) Nantes 2009



 

Cafe des Federations Bouchon-Lyon-

On my 60th Birthday we spent a long weekend in Lyon,
The gastro capital of France. Superb food and great folk.
 
http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Lyon2007/index.htm     
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Balance rock, Arches
 

 

Click for big pictures of Joy and Colin Morton from New Zealand visiting my garden in August 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During Early 2008, my friend, Yumiko Hirohama from Nara came to visit me with her mum. Yumiko is a teacher in Kyoto and a student of Buddhist architecture and Japanese Roofing Tiles. Yumiko has been my guide in Nara in 2006 and 2007. Yumiko is standing front of some of my Yamadori. Big John is on her left. Wealso looked after her during her visit in 2011.

Here is her page 


Is your club considering having a teaching weekend of workshops? Please read my testimonial section
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See some of my Bonsai transformations here.

Please note that many of my books are published in Russian a language in which I am happy to  communicate 


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My logo is of a Trident I worked on for a number of years after getting
it from Peter Adams in 1980 and which we called the Slug because when
without leaves the bonsai looked like a rearing slug. At the time we were
poking fun at growers who labelled , sometimes mediocre, bonsai with
grandiose names such as 'Crane Flying through Bamboo' etc.
The Slug was featured in my first book, Bonsai for Beginners. I sold this
tree in 1989.
 

Humour trips with Craig
Humour , stories and fun
How to manage stress- A humorous Guide
 

 

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Japan 2007 Bonsai and Views- Japan 2006 Bonsai and Views Links to Bonsai Clubs and websites
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Singing Bowls : Listen to the Japanese
National Treasure, the Tokugawa Iyeasu Bowl
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New Film of Craig discussing Singing Bowls
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The Bonsai Hub, a worldwide Bonsai information site has made a page with me:
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My page is
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Please email me if you would like a reciprocal link, Over 5000 visitors a
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I have just completed a paper that is the content of a presentation I am giving to the Belgian Bonsai Association

I thought that you would like the material.    http://www.bonsaiinformation.com/Tokonoma-BBA-2013.htm


IMPORTANT WARNING ABOUT JUST CLOUD BACK UP

 

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF BEING SCREWED-

A while back I said that the service JUST CLOUD was great. Its not. I agreed to a contract until September 2014 and had unlimited storage. So I took two contracts at £35 a year each and backed up both my laptop and my main computer. Around 1.3tb. This was fine for the two years that I have been using the service

Despite some very Slow backups and very very slow restoration of files it was comforting to know that everything I had even for a while, was backed up. I have lost terabytes of stuff through failing Western Digital drives and the like to this was, on the face of it, a good deal.

Suddenly Just Cloud 'legal' said that as I was clearly running a business using Just Cloud that I had to either take a full business package at around -from what I could see-£1200-$2400 , or £100 -$160 a month for Home Office.

They have a huge banner across my account stating that if I do not do something about this-ie-move over to a business package-

But my point is that I have paid, in advance for a contract until September 2014.

My opinion is that they have some hot shot accounts department who just decided to change the goal posts and screw me.

I have tried to explain that they have agreed to a contract, written to all the departments-they do not have a phone line- and done everything I can to get them to play on a level field. They neither care and the field that they play on is certainly not level.

But when I tried to download my stuff , it was painfully slow to the pint of almost a standstill and so after 6 days all I could get back was 340gigs  from 1.3Terrabyte of backup. That's now lost.

I am not alone. There are many folk all over the globe who find JUST CLOUD not the service that they thought it was.
Dig hard enough and you’ll find hundreds of other unfortunate victims of this terrible and misleading service.

Here is one from a tech website that says it all:

http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2013/01/23/just-cloud-is-a-terrible-backup-service/

Ten bucks buys you a decrepit, painfully slow and generally poor backup service. But about five minutes of exploring I saw the first pop-up appear saying I could get a faster backup for X amount more cash a year, or add more than one computer to the backup service for, you guessed it, more cash.

To sum up, beware of Just Cloud and any review or forum user preaching its wonders. Dig hard

 enough and you’ll find hundreds of other unfortunate victims of this terrible and misleading service

Antony Leather