Author Archives: Chris Baker Bonsai

Japanese Black Pine tree (Pinus thunbergii)

Next up in the workshop is this Japanese Black Pine tree (Pinus thunbergii). This is one of the first trees I worked on when I was here at Daijuen, in January. I was removing the old needle growth then, but … Continue reading

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Five Needle Pines

A few weeks ago I was given a group of Five Needle Pines to work on. In this post I will discuss some maintenance work and styling of a group. They are all very nice trees and are owned by one … Continue reading

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One night in the workshop

One night in the workshop One night a couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Jun-Sempai (Junchio Tanaka)  and Peter Tea of the Aichien Bonsai Nursery. Jun-Sempai is a former apprentice here at Daijuen, which is why I … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Things

The other side of Things As you would imagine the majority of the work around here is on the trees in the nursery, and it is. However there is another side to the bonsai lifestyle at Daijuen that takes us … Continue reading

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Tosho needle juniper (Juniperus rigida) (Part 1)

Tosho (part 1) I was given this Tosho needle juniper (Juniperus rigida) to work on. As you can see this tree is in pretty good shape and is in need of little refinement. The main part of my work will … Continue reading

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Shimpaku Juniper

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Five Needle Pine (Pinus parviflora)

One of my first challenges this week was working on a Japanese five needle pine (Pinus parviflora). Japanese Five needle pine or “Goyo Matsu” is one of seven pines native to Japan. It can be grown in all bonsai styles … Continue reading

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