Have the Tree You Want

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Articles And Stories
Have the Tree You Want

Kathy Shaner, Curator of Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt, joined us in February to share with us her secrets for successful grafting. The primary and really only purpose for grafting is to improve the appearance of a tree. We use grafting to get branches where we want them, to change foliage and to have better […]

Juniper Practicum Lifts Off

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Articles And Stories
Juniper Practicum Lifts Off

Twenty-nine numbers were read aloud at January’s member meeting, and one-by-one Juniper Practicum participants picked up the tree they will develop across this innovative two-year program. The idea for the practicum came to Eric Schrader in 2015 during a trip he made to the bonsai community in Portland, Oregon. The concept of a group working […]

What is a Bonsai Show For?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in From the President
What is a Bonsai Show For?

Every February, as we get to within less than two months of the annual show, (at the San Mateo Event Center now) I start to panic a little about whether or not enough members will turn out to show trees and about how the show will turn out. As I mentioned last year, it takes […]

Bonsai Society of San Francisco 2016 Spring Show information

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Articles And Stories, Special Events
Bonsai Society of San Francisco 2016 Spring Show information

General Information • The show takes place Wednesday March 16th through Sunday March 20th inside the San Francisco Flower and Garden show at the San Mateo Event Center. • The bonsai exhibit area is in the north building, on the south side-hall off the vendor area near the west end of the building. • The […]

Your Participation in BSSF Programs Benefits Everyone

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in From the President
Your Participation in BSSF Programs Benefits Everyone

I’ve been heartened to see an increasing level of participation in BSSF programs over the last year both in terms of the number of members who attend and the dedication that individual members have been showing.  The BOD hashed out a set of organizational goals during 2015; among them is a pair that says a […]

Bonsai Pots – More than meets the eye

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Articles And Stories
Bonsai Pots – More than meets the eye

Don’t trust your eyes, trust your fingers, says Thomas Arakawa, Japanese American functional potter, that joined BSSF both for our member meeting and a full day of workshops in November. In the past two years, Kathy Lee, Thomas’ best student (and now wife) has created over 4000 pots; the degree of commitment necessary to become […]

Sourcing Material for Bonsai Learning

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in From the President
Sourcing Material for Bonsai Learning

Acquiring Good material Acquiring appropriate material for the bonsai learning process can be one of the most challenging aspects of your bonsai journey. Perhaps you buy a tree and show it to a teacher only to find that all the problems that the tree has will not be easy to correct. Judging purchases is something […]

Digging Into Some Fall Work

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Eric's Blog, From the President
Digging Into Some Fall Work

Fall can be one of the busiest times in bonsai, with many trees needing cleanup and work to look their best. While repotting during winter will take just as much time, it is not as much a part of the creative process as fall wiring and styling. The initial styling of a tree is often […]

Ryan Nichols – Principles versus Practice

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Articles And Stories
Ryan Nichols – Principles versus Practice

Ryan Nichols, our guest for October, gave us a way to think about bonsai techniques that helps clear confusion. Principles, he said, are unchanging. They apply universally. Practice, on the other hand, must be ever-changing to achieve or apply principles. Think about fertilizer. It is a principle that trees need fertilizing for optimum health. However, […]

Reflections on The Artisans Cup

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Articles And Stories, Eric's Blog
Reflections on The Artisans Cup

I left San Francisco at 7am on the Wednesday morning before The Artisans Cup to drive over to Alameda to meet up with Jonas Dupuich. Among other things we were taking my grafted California Juniper and accompanying pieces up to Portland, Oregon for the show. Both Jonas and I were happy that most of the […]