Welcome to All in One Bonsai

Bitten by the Bug


Welcome to All in One Bonsai...a blog that aims to remind me of what I have forgotten. Over the years I have been finding out as much as I can about the art of bonsai. I hope the information in this blog will shed some light to the beginning bonsai enthusiast out there.


I saw some bonsai trees at a corner market one night in Taipei and asked the guy if he was willing to teach me how to create these miniature trees. He directed me to a night school where all the instruction was in Chinese. My Chinese ability is very ordinary at the least so although I was learning bits and pieces, I really wasn't getting all I wanted from the course. The best parts were when the teacher would start pruning a beautiful tree or when he showed us how to repot a bonsai. The mystery was still out there but my interest wasn't waning, if anything it fueled my motivation to find out more. And so I did.


Let the adventure begin...


Recently I have discovered the joy of pottery. Bonsai and pottery are close friends so it was only a matter of time before I was introduced to her. Welcome to All in One Bonsai...and pottery.


Feel free to visit my site where you can purchase some of my handmade pottery. Quite a few pieces have been wood fired as it is the prefered method here in Taiwan:

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Thick Trunk


So you want a quick way to thicken up the base of your tree?


A few weeks ago we went to visit our friend and bonsai teacher, Jack Lin.  Jack owns a small bonsai stall at the famous Flower Market here in Taipei City.  He is always very willing to share his over 40 years of bonsai knowledge with me.

Below are pictures of how he uses a number of thin orange saplings to create a single bonsai.

Seven or so small orange saplings growing separately.  

The next step is to take them all out and twist them together and at the same time you can wind tape around them.  You can either use electric tape and then bonsai wire or just use bonsai wire.  After 6 or so months the small saplings will have grafted together and over more time you will not be able to tell that this procedure was used at all, as ONE thick trunk, will be the result.

A close up of the orange saplings.
These trees grow small oranges.
The graft is still taking place but you can see how well these guys are growing together to ultimately form one trunk.  This method is a short cut to thickening up the trunk of your trees.

                                                   Another picture with more foliage.  

Give this method a try to quicken up the growth of your bonsai trunk.  Growing a thick base of a bonsai always takes a long time but with this technique you can limit the time.  


House or Home

Or Farm Yard Barn...

I have recently bought some land in Australia and plan to build something on it in the future.  After living in Taiwan for the past 13 years in an apartment, I really miss the house lifestyle. 

Whenever I see models of houses I always stop and have a closer look.  Because I can't afford to make a real one at this stage I decided the next best thing would be to make one out of clay.  

I wanted to build a wonky one.

I wanted it to look old.

Height - 23 cm.  Width - 9 cm.  Weight - 993 grams.

Set the mood.