Rusty Bonsai Tools and Tiger Stripes

Tony Tickle:

Love this from Adam… now… I hope Carolyn does not miss the vinegar

Originally posted on Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog:

Do you guys remember the tool from this post?IMG_0869
Well, I got some advice as to how to get rid of the rust on it from a reddit reader (/u/TotaLibertarian) using an uncommon (and when I say that I mean totally common) substance.
It is suffice to say that my curiosity was piqued.
I did some investerating and research.
I combed over blogs and forums.
I wiki’d and googled until my eyes were crossed.

Then I experimented. First I sanded all the rust….

…. Both off the knife and also on a pair of root cutters.

Knife above, cutters below.

The rust on the cutters wasn’t too bad, it just kept coming back no matter how much I oiled it.

Next, the chemical….

After making a salad (with a little oil, salt and pepper) I put the two tools into a…

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My Impressions on Noelander’s 2015

Tony Tickle:

Nice report Robert

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:

Sorry about the delay in compiling this post on Noelander’s 2015 but I am still recovering from, what was for us, a very exhausting though highly stimulating 5 day adventure, which included a 1350 mile round trip by road and sea.

I thought last years event in Heusden- Zolder was terrific but the new venue at the Limburghal Genk has raised the show to a whole new level of excellence. The increased space in the exhibition and traders halls ensured that at no time, did it feel overcrowded. The issues that were given for the banning of photography last year seem to have been resolved by the increased area. Having said that, despite the ban, there were many people taking pictures inside the exhibition and quite a number of them have already appeared  on the Internet. As an averagely obsessed hobbyist and small scale blogger, who feels obliged to uphold the rules for…

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Desperate to take your tree home?

Sometimes when you really want something so bad you go to extreme lengths. My German friends who bought the large (over 1.2mtr) Pistachio from me at The Noelanders Trophy 2015 simply had to take it away with them… Frank (The new owner) said, …“I want it but I am not sure it will fit in my car?” “I am sure it will” I said until I saw that he was driving Mazda MX5 Cabriolet. It fitted but only just and they had to drive 200 Kilometers home, not sure if they had the top down though!

Tea house Kusamono virtual

Kusamono Bronze Teahouse

This is the Kusamono that I will be presenting at the Swindon Bonsai Show this weekend, just hope it does not set the smoke alarm off!

The overall size is 300 x 220 mm

The Bronze teahouse by Henk Fresen is an incense burner.

The plate is by Walsall Ceramics and the moss is care of my local wild wood.

2015 2nd Japan Suiseki Exhibition

Tony Tickle:

stones!… gotta go some time

Originally posted on Valavanis Bonsai Blog:


The 2nd Japan Suiseki Exhibition was held on February 9-13, 2015 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo. This is the same venue as the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition held in a second floor gallery.
The timing of this exhibition was excellent with the opening day being held on the day all the bonsai are changed at the Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition. It offered visitors an excellent opportunity to see beautiful suiseki without the competition of bonsai.
Kunio Kobayashi
At the Opening Ceremony, Managing Director Seiji Morimae introduced all distinguished visitors from Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan. Representative Director Kunio Kobayashi spoke and welcomed everyone to this important and highest level suiseki exhibition in Japan. Seiji Morimae and Kunio Kobayashi were the primary organizers of the exhibition and oversaw all details.
There were individual suiseki exhibits as well as alcove displays. Additionally historic stones, display tables, water basins and bronze…

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Tony Tickle:

… gotta go some time

Originally posted on Valavanis Bonsai Blog:


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Gallery, Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan

 Part 1: February 4-7, 2014

Part 2: February 9-12, 2014




The Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, now sponsored by the Nippon Bonsai Association, is the premier bonsai exhibition in Japan, and the world. Hobbyists try quite hard, often for years to have their trees accepted for this judged event where only bonsai of the highest quality are displayed eligible for the coveted Kokufu Sho Prizes.


Japanese back pine


Japanese maple


Camellia, Kokufu sho Prize


Sargent juniper, displayed by American Doug Paul

An annual book is published after the exhibition featuring every bonsai in the show which make for excellent study of form, species and more importantly the current trends of the Japanese bonsai world.


No. 1 Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, March 1934


No. 1 Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition, March 1934

The first Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition was held in March…

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2015 89th Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition– Part 2

Tony Tickle:

part 2… gotta go some time

Originally posted on Valavanis Bonsai Blog:


Part 2 of Kokufu Bonsai Exhibition was held on February 10-13, 2015 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, following a day closed where 181 bonsai displays were replaced with all new bonsai, except for the four special displays. The Japan Suiseki Exhibition opened on the closed day and the Ueno Green Club sales area was also open for visitors.



These two views may quickly seem similar to Part 1, however all the trees are new. However under close examination a few of the companion plantings were identical, but slightly rotated. I’m not certain because my personal study of Part 2 has not been completed yet, but I think I remember seeing a few display tables from Part 1.


Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora


Gardenia, Gardenia jasmoindes


Zuisho Japanese five-needle pine, Pinus parviflora ‘Zuisjo.’ Perhaps the reason for the increased number of displayed of this choice cultivar is…

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Tony Tickle at Ayr Bonsai Club

Originally posted on Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai:

Today Ayr Bonsai Club on the west coast of Scotland played host to one of the best known faces in the bonsai world, Tony Tickle.

Tony provided a very informative talk on the development of 3 hawthorn trees from his collection and later in the afternoon carried out a critique on some of the members trees.

I had never seen Tony in action before, so this was an opportunity not to be missed. His  delivery is friendly, informal and entertaining and includes an excellent photographic history of his trees. The critic part of the event was helpful, informed and mindful to the sensitivities of the owners.

All in all, a very entertaining afternoon





Here are the three stunning trees that Tony brought along to illustrate his talk




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