Wednesday, 26 July 2017


... and another, current picture of the village-linden.
The twigging is improving, The tree established very well after repotting in spring.
Strong and healthy she is ...


An current picture of the elm.
There are no major changes according to the design.
'Just interessting to see how the tree coped with the heavy pruning in spring ...

Monday, 19 June 2017


News of the mountain black cherry.
She is strong and healthy. The ramificaction is surprisingly good.
The internodes are shorter than expected.
Next spring the surface-roots and trunc-line will be overhauled, I mean carved and so on.
Hm, I like this project ...

Monday, 5 June 2017


Today I was lucky enough to be visited by a very gifted female photo-artist.
Mrs. Claudia Bosch ( made
a couple of professionell shots after I had done some routine maintenance duties.

One of these shots impressed me very much because of its skilled craftswork
of realisation and the encoded massage.
This picture is a kind of paradigma to me and tells (imho) so much about our
work and passion.
The bonsai-artist(?!) or creator should be standing humbly in the back seat of his work.
His figure is real but blurred.
The manual craftmanship itself is sharp and enlighted.
This is what takes unbreakably part in reality.
Compared to that, the man's mind thinking is abstrakt and almost immaterial.

The mystery of bonsai to me is:
Experiencing the result of both worlds.
A strong man's hand with a steely tool (how brutal this sounds !),
together with the sensitivity of a man's mind imagination (how fragil this sounds!),
creates living pieces of art.

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Well I needed a change of style on that particular tree.
I mean I was unhappy with the pom-pom-look of the branches.
And the crown was too large in relation to the trunc-diameter as well.
I wanted the ramification to be closer to the trunc again.
Therefore I made some radical cuttings  ...
Ah yes, and I repotted the tree.
The pot had been made by Volcker Bertels a bonsai-fellow of me.

Monday, 13 March 2017


And this is what I bought the pot for.
The Village-Linden in her new home.
Imho a very well-made pot.
Not only the professional craftsmanship
but the artistic modality as well.

Sunday, 12 March 2017


Finding a handcrafted bonsai-pot bigger than 50 cm can be a real task.
Most of the potters (in Germany?) prefer to produce pots with not more than
40-45 cm.
The reason for that may be the technical difficulties relating to the
handling of large pots (size of kiln e.t.c.). the waste-rate is very high.
Additionally the demand of small and medium sized pots is higher.
Anyway, I was lucky enough to find a pot for my big linden.
The german bonsai-potter Walter Venne created this masterpiece.
Dimensions: 56,5 x 42,5 x 13,0 cm.