by Paul Pikel
MEETING DATE November 13, 2015
Meeting 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
I love it when a plan comes together and those that made it to the October meeting hopefully experienced that same feeling along with me. We wanted to try something a little different to not only work on trees and learn the process of taking raw stock to a “finished” bonsai but also to open up communications between our members.
Our club has gone through a lot of changes throughout the years and we have a substantial gap between the more experienced members and those new to the art. So it was great for me to hear laughter, and great bonsai lessons being discussed between all levels of the club. As we come together more, our club skills will grow because the knowledge will be shared more easily. It will be easier for newer members to approach the members that have been around for a while and that’s when everyone's skill level improve.
Keeping this lesson in mind, we are looking towards November. There are a lot of members looking for guidance in developing their bonsai, especially as we get closer to dormancy and the time for heavy pruning on many of our trees. However, some members are still lacking the skills to implement that suggested guidance, so they may not feel comfortable executing the changes to their tree. In order to facilitate this guidance, November will be a “Bring Your Own Tree – Critique/Workshop”. This is a great opportunity for you to bring in a tree that you would like to display at next year’s BSF Convention, Epcot Display, or any other of the CFBC bonsai exhibits.
The meeting will begin with a short 30 minute "Intro to Wiring" presentation/demonstration by Adam Lavigne. Wiring is an essential skill required to improve every aspect of your trees design and appearance. That will be followed by Mike Rogers offering professional critiques and ways to improve the trees for anyone that asks. To make sure that all members have support, advanced bonsai practitioners will be available to help instruct you how to wire, prune and make any other changes to your tree as discussed during Mike's critique. Please note, a few of our members sell bonsai wire, which will be made available at the meeting in case you need supplies to work on your tree.
The initial design phase and hard pruning can be very intimidating to newer, less experienced members but, by opening up this format to help you through it and know you are part of the club and not alone in your journey, it will not only boost your skills, but your confidence as well. Please plan on joining us as we all work to take the CFBC to higher levels and show what our club is capable of accomplishing.