• Sunday, March 15th, 2009
So the Flower and Garden Festival starts this Wednesday and I am rushing to get my tree at its best for display. Mother Nature hasn’t been too cooperative and we had a very cold winter. However my tree has produced tons of flowers, but it is taking a while to put out the leaves as well. I placed the tree outside my screen patio to get additional sunlight to get the leaves to fill in.
Bouganvillea Ready for Epcot
However with that issue taken care of, The Bonsai Societies of Florida Convention starts Thursday and I am to display two trees there. The problem again are the leaves. In this case, there aren’t really any to speak of.
Waiting for leaves to appear
I hope this peek of Spring helps many of you to get inspired to start working on your trees. This is certainly one of my favorite times of the year.
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• Sunday, October 26th, 2008
Last BSF Convention in Port Canaveral I sat in as a spectator for a Sean Smith daiza carving workshop. I’m glad I did. Sean is the highest recognized diaza artist outside of Japan and is respected for his work in Japan as well.
After the workshop I was very motivated to create one of these little stands and it turned out pretty good. So I decided to try another one. The following steps are what I followed to create one. I hope it inspires others out there to give it a try.
I bought a rock at the most recent CFBC meeting from a long time member, Marge Pierce. I didn’t like the stand, but the rock had potential. This is what it looked like when I bought it.
Here it is removed from the stand.
I used Rosewood for the daiza. This rock was an easy one because it had a flat base. So all you do is put it on the wood and trace around it.
The outline of the rock
I use a dremel tool with a router attachment to remove the material about 1/8″. Just stay in the lines.
Now put the rock in its place and trace a line about 1/8″ around it to form the lip.
I used a jigsaw to cut out the diaza. Its starting to look good.
Now select the areas for the feet.
Here it is in its final form. It still needs a ton of sanding and handling to darken it up. That’s all there is to it. Give it a try
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