I know that it can be difficult to see the ‘Bonsai’ in raw material, but when choosing Yamadori it’s important to consider a few fundamental characteristics.
- The Health of the tree
- The Quality of the Bark
- Movement in the trunk
I know that many people want to see a lot of ‘branches’ to work with but this is not important. Branches grow, and when they do you can decided how and where they grow, you can build the ramification and canopy where you wish instead of using the branches that are on the raw material.
Bonsai must be approached as a journey of creativity, the destination being the tree ‘finished’ (although we all know that a bonsai is never actually ‘finished)
This Olive has been developed over the last two years, nobody was interested in the raw material when it was for sale at The Noelanders trophy in 2011. I saw the potential and here is the tree today.
I was holidaying with Carolyn on the Island of Majorca, just off the coast of Spain. Angel Mota invited me visit his garden and take a look at the spectacular Olive bonsai that he works. His house and garden is in the Capital Palma and we spent a few hours discussing ideas and swapping Yamadori hunting stories. Angel was very generous with his time and his hospitality unmatched.
It was nearly 40 degrees Centigrade when we visited! BTW… I am the VERY white guy
Note: Angel won the very First Ginkgo Award in 1997 with an Olive and the very last Ginkgo Award with his fine display of Olive Bonsai.