Germany – Brazil

– and 10 years with Shohin-bonsai Europe, and then some…

Morten Albek
Morten Albek

The headline does not refer to the football world cup. But now you are in, read further. This post will be a little mixture of different items for the weekend 🙂

Germany. Next month I will go to the Bonsai-Werkstatt  at Werner M. Busch in Düsseldorf, Germany, teaching at a two days intensive workshop with Shohin-bonsai. I look forward to be with enthusiasts sharing the love of the smallest bonsai, and share the experiences and knowledge, I have gathered the years I have been working dedicated with Shohin-bonsai.

Charles White at work at Atelier Do Bonsai in Brazil, by Mario A G Leal.
Charles White at work at Atelier Do Bonsai in Brazil, by Mario A G Leal.

Brazil. Yesterday my Brazilian friends confirmed that we will meet again. I have been in Brazil in 2007 at an event arranged by Mario A G Leal at his Atelier De Bonsai. A great effort done by Mario and his friends every year at Marios home. I am very pleased being invited back 6 – 9 of November 2014. Here the ANB (Associação Nordestina de Bonsai) hosts a big event in Northern Brazil, and I look forward to be their guest and teach bonsai there. The event takes place in the city of João Pessoa in Paraíba state. Mario A G leal and Bergson De Mendonça Vasconcelos will be there, and I look forward to spend time with you and your friends.

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10 years of Shohin-bonsai Europe. I looked in to my archives the other day, and by accident I found out that on Tuesday the 15th it is exactly 10 years since the Shohin-bonsai Europe website was established. 10 years that has been full of good experiences mostly, and I hope also have spread the word of Shohin-bonsai and bonsai around. I made the website after I have been working on Shohin-bonsai for some years and found there was a need for more information. Since then (and I will not take credit for that part) Shohin-bonsai has increased in popularity with midd sized bonsai as well. I look forward to another 10 years and to see how bonsai quality will still be better, thanks to a lot of enthusiasm and good spirit about bonsai around the world. Where the spirit is friendly and dedicated the quality and enthusiasm will flourish.

Crabapple bonsai in autumn colours displayed in my home at an old table.
Crabapple bonsai, still young as bonsai, in autumn colours displayed in my home at an old table.

Displaying bonsai in your home. Do you display your bonsai or flowers and grasses in your home? I do from time to time, and always when guests are visiting my home. Just as a small gesture and to show the beauty of bonsai and grasses. I also do this some times when guests are not visiting, to enjoy the beauty of the trees and plants my self. It is a good way of practising and observing, and enjoying bonsai not only when watering and working with the trees. Remember to enjoy your trees – that’s an important part of the art I find. Therefore I also take in not full developed trees like the Crabapple shown at the photo, in order to take a look at it without working on it. This gives me time to peaceful reflections and considerations about the further development of the tree, without taking regretful actions because the cutter is too loose in my hand. Waiting and observing is time worth spending, before decisions are made that have importance for the future of the tree.

Have a nice weekend.

Sedum displayed in my home. It is set up in the morning and placed back outside in the evening.
Sedum displayed in my home. It is set up in the morning and placed back outside in the evening.
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