All About Cascade Model Bonsai – Valavanis Bonsai Weblog


The February assembly of the Bonsai Society of Upstate New York, based mostly in Rochester, had an attention-grabbing and full assembly final night. About 35-40 members from Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Ithaca, in addition to a few new guests gathered to study all about cascade type bonsai.

President Mark Arpag was joined by previous presidents Harvey Carapella and Invoice Valavanis who offered an uncommon program drawing from their 150 mixed years of bonsai examine. We had three formal shows, one by every artist representing a special type of cascade type, and all totally different species. For this particular show the society rented three sections of pipe and drape background. Trying on the demonstration pictures one can see empty cups. These are “tip jars,” not a contest between the three seasoned artists who work effectively collectively, assist one another and have mutual respect for one another’s artistry. It was only for enjoyable, members deposited folding cash within the three tip jars. These tip jars paid for the rental price of the background.

Every artist was allotted a six-foot vast show space and offered a cascade bonsai from their private collections. Mark Arpag displayed his award profitable Dwarf Japanese backyard juniper educated within the two-line cascade type the place the decrease trunk was longer. It was displayed with a suiseki and scroll suggesting a winter snowy panorama scene.

Subsequent Harvey Carapella confirmed his pink Japanese flowering crabapple bonsai educated within the two-line cascade type the place the higher trunk was longer than the cascading trunk. This bonsai has good pink flowers in spring. Since it’s winter (though the excessive record-breaking temperature reached 73 levels for the day) the bonsai had no blossoms. Nevertheless, a photograph of the tree in full flower was positioned in entrance of the bonsai. For the reason that bonsai was not blooming Harvey displayed a scroll that includes spring flowers. To finish the environment he used an vintage figurine of an outdated man having fun with the fantastic thing about the show.

Invoice Valavanis displayed a novel one-line cascade type Blue Rug juniper with deadwood highlights. This tree has been container educated for greater than 50 years and initially was in a non-public bonsai assortment in Pennsylvania. The artist had his bonsai assortment close to a river. When the river overflew and flooded the bonsai space, he discovered this tree in good well being down river. It was displayed on a really tall cascade desk to emphasise the fantastic thing about the weeping branches. The accent used was an vintage incense burner, full with fragrant smoke gently rising from the chimney. A member later got here as much as Invoice to inform him “his home is burning!” Not fairly what he needed to listen to… once more for the third time. An vintage scroll was used to offer the seasonality of this show, a full moon with white snowflakes falling. When used once more in a few months later they’d recommend cherry blossoms falling.

By the best way, this whole show was not rapidly thrown collectively. It took appreciable time and effort to function three totally different species, (two evergreen and one deciduous tree), all in several types of cascade types. Lastly, the attention motion of the whole show was targeted on main they eye in the direction of the enter deciduous tree, after all all of the bonsai had been of various sizes and heights as effectively and all of the show tables and equipment weren’t duplicated.

Two different tables featured an academic exhibit that includes totally different types of cascade type bonsai and the way they’re categorised. Lastly, Invoice Valavanis had two problems with Worldwide BONSAI magazines on cascade bonsai which got away free. One subject featured Yuji Yoshimura’s complete article on his type of cascades full together with his unique drawings. The opposite subject featured an academic illustrated article on cascade bonsai by Invoice Valavanis.

Harvey Carapella

Then every artist as supplied with an an identical dwarf Japanese flowering quince, Chojubai for the demonstrations. Every had been shaped in several cascade types. A bigger developed white Chojubai dwarf flowering quince was displayed, within the cascade type after all, on the tutorial desk. Lastly every artist introduced a cascade bonsai from their non-public collections to work on. Harvey introduced a big collected (Jap white cedar, additionally referred to as Arborvitae) tree which wanted scaling down.

Mark Arpag

Mark introduced a small collected Jap white cedar which he started carving the lifeless wooden and at last potted it right into a tiny container. Invoice talked about an outdated Winter hazel bonsai which had died over 20 years in the past and was rebuilt from stay adventitious shoots. Then he wired a straight trunk younger Japanese larch in a one-line cascade type, possibly. It additionally offered a novel look as an upright tree, however the remaining willpower depends upon the container and the way it is going to be potted.

Invoice Valavanis

All our members and company appeared to get pleasure from and study from this instructional program which was fairly detailed however not evident to the common bonsai member.

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