Create exciting, original bonsai with advanced design techniques! Join renowned bonsai artist and author Colin Lewis, and explore bonsai as a true art form. Begin by developing an eye for design by sketching trunks and canopies. Then learn the best way to shape branches while leaving little evidence of human interaction. You’ll work with junipers, “the queens of bonsai,’’ and find out how to develop shari and live veins. Moving on, expertly deal with deadwood and shape jins before learning how to use fire to bend your jin into new positions, or age jins to achieve a mature look. Plus, uncover Colin’s secret method for heavy engineering with the wedge principle, and successfully compose and shape new branch structures. To round out your new skills, prepare your bonsai for final shaping and enjoy how the final touches transform your tree’s image.
Join internationally renowned bonsai artist and author Colin Lewis in his free mini-class, and learn essential wiring techniques for professional-quality bonsai. Become familiar with the variety of bonsai wires available, and discover the benefits of using annealed wire on your trees. Then, learn how to make heat-annealed copper wire at home, determine the correct wire gauge for each branch and prepare your tree for shaping as you learn tips for pruning dead foliage and stubs. Moving on, take your bonsai to the next level with Colin’s professional wiring tricks! Confidently use the slingshot principle, and watch as Colin demonstrates how to wire a variety of branch sizes with ease. Finally, save time, prevent broken branches and more after you learn how to analyze and correct common wiring mistakes. By the end of this class, you’ll have the knowledge you need to create beautiful bonsai masterpieces.