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.


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.





19 years and Counting

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.






Handmade BONSAI Dish

As a pro woodworker,  Out of the Woods Bandon Or.  For 10 years I acquired an eye for quality finishing and design .   Matching the right size display dish to your tree is critical.

This first set of pictures shows a walnut base with natural edge and a 5 year old Costal Redwood .  This tree has been.smallest of all my redwoods, this is the most dirt it has ever been in


My second handmade bonsai dish is made from a solid block of MahogaNyand displays a 5 year old trident maple grouping.  The trees are all one root system.


Obviously there is still work to do on dirt levels and moss but I wanted to show these off.

Redwood Bonsai

Love the concept of Bonsai Redwood.  Take one of the biggest growing items in the world, and keep it small.

We will be showing some of our REDWOODS  being up to 15 years in our care.  The first ones we bought as seedlings in Northern California.  The latter ones have all been cuttings from those.  We do have pictures going back to the start for these trees.


The above 3 photos show one of the 15 year old REDWOODS .  Note the 1890’s Horseshoe, from Nothern San Jocquain valley..  Intentionally I leave as many starts as I can for three  main reasons 1.  New starts. 2.  Root ball development.  3. If the tree dies we will be left with very highly figured BURLi

While this tree is coming along nicely. It still has many years to go before it becomes the world class specimen that it will become.q

It is funny how time goes. Don’t blink or you will miss it.

I have finally gotten the Bonsai Area up and functional. Still more to do but that will come as I use the area.. But it looks like everything will fit in this area.

Trees are looking good for the most part. We lost a couple of established trees over the winter. The last big freeze we had took its toll on the evergreens, dis coloring needles. But nothing we can’t fix.

On a positive side I have slowly started taking cuttings for propagation. I plan to do a lot of this since I now have a great area to plant them.

Ken’s Bonsai

Following shows a few of the Bonsai’s that we have been working on.  More details to come.
















These last two show the same tree before and after potting up.  Every 2-4 years we remove the tree from the pot, clean and trim the roots, then repot with fresh soil.  The redwood shown here was started from a cutting and I have been working on it since 2004.  Note the multiple stems.  This is one of my favorites.