Shohins from commercial trees

text and photos by Alfredo Salaccione

 

 

During my last travel in Japan, I saw many nice shohin bonsai. It has only been a few years that in Europe people started to be interested in small bonsai, but in Japan they are very wanted and expensive.

So when I came back to Italy, I tried to work on a little tree. It is very important to choose the right material to have a good result. This pentaphylla pine is 35 cm tall.

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of summer, I start to work with conifers.

 

 

 

 

 

In this picture, it is possible to observe the cleaning of the old foliage. It's very important to do this work before wiring.

 

 

 

I decide to cut a good part of foliage. In this way the trunk becomes optically bigger. With a few branches, it is possible to build up again the structure of the future bonsai.

 

 

Changing the inclination, it is possible to have more movement.

In little time it is possible to create many little bonsai. This is only the first step, but it's possible to appreciate the result.

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