I ended up doing 4 prototype Bonsai displays in all. Only two of the four where used outside and had minimal care. Prototypes one and two where made by picking up the nearest thick piece of wood and cutting it with the bandsaw three and four had a lot more care and selection in the pieces to be used.
Compared to the last photos the pots discolored due to weather and minimal care. The inside edge next to dirt worked very well, i coated the wood with Epoxy Resin to seal it. Plastic bottoms worked as desired. Also I secured feet or stands to each pot.
WALNUT DISPLAY POT
After spending about an hour on each pot I got everything cleaned, sanded, filled and finished. Any wood vessels left in the Pacific Northwest elements are going to require minimal care to keep it lasting a long time and “LOOKING GOOD”
The pot on the left is mahogany and the bottom right one is Walnut with natural edge.
It hardly seems possible but it’s been 19 years since I bought my by first trees. I still have most of those Coastal Redwoods. I wish I had started Bonsai much earlier in Life because I know I have gotten much more out of my Trees than I have given them.
It takes dirt under your finger nails to get it. Just like life no tree is ever finished. As it grows it changes. While we can direct and form some of those changes ,we can only receive what the tree is willing to give us. You have to handle each tree on its own.
Besides loving Bonsai I am also a professional Woodworker. As such I continue to work with my Bonsai trees even after they have died. Most of my oldest trees have been grown with that in mind. We have finally started making Bonsai display pieces, we want these to blend with the tree they are displaying.
Living in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with a great outdoors close by. I can be on Mt Hood or at the coast in 45-75 minutes. These areas come into play in that they let me gather stones, small driftwood, anything I can use in my BONSAI anBURL display, and go fishing.