CONVENTIONS, DEMOS AND WORKSHOPS
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"If you are looking to find people who also share a genuine passion and commitment to the cultivation of Bonsai trees it would be within your favorable interest to take a look at the convention listings below."
£300 For a standard three hour workshop of up to 8 people ($550Can. $500 USD, $700AUD, 700NZD, 350EUR.)
Two sessions in one day there is a 10% discount.
Three sessions-two workshops and a demo in the evening for example is £640 or around a 15% discount..$1275 Can, $1220USD 1800 AUD and 1800 NZD
Weekend workshops and demos , Friday night to Sunday night 4 workshops and 2 demos £1250 $2560 Can. $2375 USD, 1667 Euros
Travel at cost which is then divided between tour venues. In America this would work out to around $300-$400 per venue for 10 clubs which includes Transatlantic and internal flights.
In Australia this would work out to around $550Aud per club.-Minimum in all cases of 6 to 10 clubs.
I always work out special rates for
Conventions and clubs around the world
Clicking on any image in the following pages will give you a more detailed larger view
Images of my demos at the following events: Please click one of the links
February 2006 North America
USA July 2004
The Mid Atlantic Bonsai Societies-MABS Spring 2004
Australia and New Zealand 2003
Bath Master Convention 2003
More images below
I am headed up a week of workshops in Belgium during the latter part of July 2006. I like working in Belgium and have been there a number of times, heading conventions, working with clubs and enjoying the range of wonderful beers that Belgium is famous for.
The folk there know great Bonsai and are keen to learn. One of the best Bonsai nurseries in Europe is in Belgium, The Gingko Bonsai Nursery and the owners are good friends. I was joined this trip by Peter Kirkham who brought along some superb Yamadori for the workshop participants.
I will try and put up some of the images that I took over the week of work.
The North West of England Bonsai Experience
"NWEBE" A new event supported by the attendance of many clubs who had club displays at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham-St.Annes.
I mounted a large display of Suiseki. Click here to go to that page
Craig, one of the countries leading active collectors of Suiseki with over two thousand in his present collection, also lectures in suiseki and stone appreciation in addition to his Bonsai Teaching all over the world. A unique Susieki collection from around the world with some fantastic Chinese Scholars Stones-Gongshi, Lingbi Stones from China, Scholars Stones, Monster and figure stones, Dragon stones, Susieki from the Eel River in California, Desert stones from the Mohave Desert and Utah high deserts, an amazing Four faced Gongshi from Singapore, , A stone Baby from the red deserts of Australia, Basalt suiseki from Scotland, Mountain and plateaus from England, Hut stones from Spain and some amazing Italian Suiseki. Most styles of stones were represented. Most of the American stones and some of the special stones have had Daizas carved by internationally renowned Daiza Carver, Sean Smith. A unique chance to have seen some of the finest and rarest Suiseki and Gongshi in the UK. Due to weight and transport difficulties it is unlikely that I will be repeating this display again.
Demos were by a number of people including Trevor Smith who has been studying with me. The trees that he worked on are shown here. Simon Temblett is a young Bonsai designer that has exceptional capability and two of his works are shown on the North Wales display. Dragon Bonsai Club from Cardiff and Wirral Club from Lancashire are also represented in this picture display.
Peter Moth is the person that is in charge of organising this great event in 2006.Telephone 01253 711642.
Some old demo and workshop images from previous journeys and conventions:
Federation of British Bonsai Societies (FOBBS) 2000.
This was the raw material Cryptomeria Japonica Nana.
Each tree was individually styled prior to planting
and this was the Cryptomeria Group I created from these in 2000
and this was what it looked like two years later. A perspective planting. The smaller group should look like its far away in the distance. 12 feet (3.5 metres) long
Italian Bonsai Convention 1997
a large Cedar group
and two years after planting
Italian Bonsai Convention 1999
Another Cedar Group from raw material and after three hours work with a team of assistants.
South African Bonsai Convention 1996
A large Celtis Sinensis var Africana I created in South Africa for the late Rob Clausen a great man and who was one of SA's leading Bonsai artists.
Italian Workshops 1996/1997/ 1998/ 1999
Just planted, a two metre long Ulmus group in a workshop and one year later.
The same owner brought in these Acers for me to plant up, and a year later they look very nice.
My first group was created with Peter Adams and a couple of friends, Jim McCurrach and Don Mac Neil, organiser of the very first Bonsai Convention in the UK back in 1982. The group was made in 1984 during the first UK Visit of John Yoshio Naka. I developed the group for a year before this photo. It is Juniper Squamata and is two metres tall.
This group of elms and Zelkovas on a three metre
slab was created by me in 1992
I originally built this larch group from seedlings in 1987
and in 2003 it looks like this:
it is a metre long and a metre high (39")
Mini White Pine on Rock I created in 1996.
Part of my collection in early 2004-though much is now being dispersed as I travel so much. Click for larger images
Australia and New Zealand 2003
Fantastic people, great Bonsai and very happy workshops and Demos throughout. See the testimonials page here: testimonials
N.Z. BONSAI CONFERENCE - 2003
Wonderful Convention and I had the pleasure of working with the outstanding Canadian Artist Reiner Goebel for the first (and I hope not the last) time.
I stopped off to visit with my friends in this haven for fabulous Bonsai, Pentsai and Penjing. I will be doing a special page on Singapore later on. You will be amazed at the quality of trees they grow. I took a great photo design series from a demo that I did with my friend Mr. Keow Wah Lim. This amazing Master teachers many people in Singapore and is very highly respected. He also has some of the finest antique pots in the world. Some of these are so rare that they are of the very top museum quality.
Pemphis Acidula- Lim KW
Wright. Religiosa- Jah Kim Chuan
Pemphis Acidula-Singapore Penjing Garden
April 2004 Mid Atlantic Bonsai Societies-
This is the web site for MABS: http://www.midatlanticbonsai.freeservers.com/2001festival.htm
Belgium 4 & 5 June 2004.
Mechelen Bonsai Club booked me for their Anniversary Convention. I have been many times to Belgium and was a main speaker alongside Salvatore Liporace, my close friend, at the European Bonsai Congress which was held in Bruges.
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