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Autumn 2017 - Another Bonsai year comes to an end

Autumn 2017

With Americas Thanksgiving on the horizon it seems prudent to mark the passing of another year of successful bonsai cultivation, by and large. Growing bonsai trees is not an exact science and things can go wrong, all we can do is take those experiences and learn from them. Here in Blighty the weather is never entirely a great help but on balance I think our little country is pretty good for pursuing our hobby. This year we had a good spring and early summer before it all went pear shaped in July and August but then the last couple of months have been kind. As I approach thirty years of non stop bonsai work I can safely say that by this time of year, every year, my plants will have done most of what I hoped. It’s good to plan the way ahead for our trees, just reacting to what happened won’t cut it. I have discovered that having a ten year plan in mind is the only way to really make great bonsai. If a tree isn’t doing what we hoped it’s easy to blame the weather or a whole host of other factors but the fact is, most problems and failures are in fact our own fault. Often a problem is several years in the making and failing to recognise the signs is the main reason things go wrong. Also doing too much, which I believe is the primary reason so many folk run into problems. We have to learn to go at a slower pace that HAS to be dictated by the trees and not what we might think, hope or mistakenly believe. Have a ten year plan, make it flexible and add another year to it, every year. There is no goal in bonsai, there is no end game and a tree will never be finished. Fall in love with the process.

This growing season has been a pretty good one out here on the east coast. Our bonsai have done well on average but now the first frost has happened and leaves are beginning to drop fast. The garden looks grungy at this time of year but those naked deciduous trees make up for it. Good nursery practice dictates work for the next few weeks. Keep your place clear of fallen leaves, remove moss from shallow pots that will severely reduce water drainage. Trees that are not winter hardy or marginal, trees with top quality bark or significant deadwood will benefit from overhead protection. Spray olives with copper based fungicide and wash down wooden benches with a Jeyes fluid solution. Keeping the place clean has a significant effect on possible pest activity next summer. For more information on overwintering bonsai see our article Overwintering Outdoor Bonsai.

I hate to say it but the big C is just over the horizon, that being Christmas of course. The ONLY time Kaizen Bonsai get to have a break. I have booked my traditional Christmas skip, there really is NO rest around here. So we will be closed from 22 December and will be back at it on 2 January 2018. Before then we look forward to seeing your bonsai Christmas list.

Graham & the Kaizen Bonsai team.
November 2017

Bonsai Tools - Best UK Prices from Kaizen Bonsai

Here at Kaizen Bonsai we do our absolute utmost to bring you the best value we can. Bonsai tools are a big expense for any hobbyist and there are a bewildering array of choices. Over the years there have been some significant changes in the manufacture and supply chain for these products and a great many so called ‘brands’ are just badge engineering with fancy packages. Graham bought his first branch cutter in 1992 and it cost £30.00 today that same tool will cost you £25.95. We have managed to do that because we have cut the importers, wholesalers and middlemen out of the equation and buy directly from the factory door. All of our Superior Stainless Steel and Superior Black Carbon Steel bonsai tools are hand made using traditional techniques and the very finest Japanese steels. We offer these directly to you at genuine wholesale prices + VAT. The price is low because we buy direct and not because the quality is inferior. Used correctly these bonsai tools are a fantastic investment and, with correct maintenance, will last for decades. And if there were not enough we offer even better prices for multiple buys with our Superior Quality Bonsai Tool Kits.


Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the larger versions of our black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 Piece large black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the smaller versions of our black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 Piece - Small black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Black Carbon Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Black Carbon Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the whole range of our Superior black carbon steel bonsai tools
  • 11 Piece black carbon steel bonsai tools kit
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Large Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the larger versions of our superb stainless steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 piece large stainless steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 11 Piece Set of Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the whole range of our superb stainless steel bonsai tools
  • 11 Piece Stainless Steel Tool kit
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Stainless Steel Tools

Bonsai Tool Kit - 6 Piece Set of Small Stainless Steel Tools  
  • This kit includes the smaller versions of our stainless steel bonsai tools
  • No padding & no junk you don't need just great tools at a discounted price
  • 6 piece small stainless steel bonsai tools kit
  • Tool roll is included free of charge (colour may vary)

Terrier Tools

 The Little Terrier

Our Terrier range of wood carving tools have set the standard worldwide for freehand power wood carving cutters. Our range includes The TerrierThe Little Terrier and the Little Terrier DH.

These amazing tools are in the hands of some of the worlds best wood carvers, wood turners, chainsaw carvers, restorers and re-creators of historic timber work and furniture not to mention some of the best known bonsai artists like Kevin Willson. Whether you have a die grinder, Dremel or hobby tool there is a Terrier to suit.If you need to carve wood of ANY description this is THE tool you need.

We manufacture this tool right here in the UK and only sell them directly to our customers. Graham has spent more than 20 years developing and refining these tools, they are THE most efficient easy to use effective and safe tools of their kind available anywhere on planet earth.


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Our recommendations for power wood carving machines for bonsai work

There is a bewildering choice of power tools out there for bonsai work. Graham has spent over 25 years carving trees to create bonsai. In that time we have used just about every combination of machines and cutters available. Finally we have settled on what we believe to be the very best tools available both in terms of value and also dependability and are pleased to offer them both to our customers at special seasonal prices…..

Makita GD0600 Professional Die Grinder

  • THE go to tool for high speed wood carving of bonsaiMakita GD0600 Professional die grinder
  • The best all round die grinder £ for £ available anywhere
  • Powerful 25,000rpm 400w motor
  • Powerful enough to remove vast quantities of timber at speed when required
  • Operates without vibration and does not overheat, even after prolonged use
  • Full duty cycle. Designed to run 8 hours a day every day
Special Christmas price available until 31 December £110.00 (was £125.95)

GMC Power Carving Rotary Multi-Tool

  • THE best small power tool for carving work in bonsaiGMC Power Carving rotary Multi Tool
  • The best all round hobby tool £ for £ available anywhere
  • Powerful 135w motor 15-35,000RPM
  • Powerful enough to remove vast quantities of timber at speed using our Little Terrier DH
  • Operates without vibration and does not overheat, even after prolonged use
  • Used in our workshops every day, we have proven these little machines
Special Christmas price available until 31 December £32.00 (was £39.00)

Saburrtooth Wood Carving Burrs - Available from UK stock

Saburrtooth® rotary tools feature long-lasting, razor-sharp carbide cutting teeth arranged into a unique open pattern to resist loading while providing rapid stock removal and smoother finishes. Rotary tools are available in many shapes, sizes and textures to suit your carving, grinding, cutting and machining needs. These carbide coated tools are prefect for carving large bonsai trees as well as a host of DIY projects, industrial and artistic uses. Saburrtooth wheels cut just about any material.

Kaizen Bonsai carry a large stock of Saburrtooth carving tools in a range of fitments and abrasive grades including.....

Some Very Special Yamadori Bonsai Material Available To Buy Now


Scots Pine Yamadori Bonsai Material

Scots Pine Yamadori Bonsai Material
  • Stunning yamadori with outstanding character
  • Beautiful craggy bark and a great trunk
  • With a little care and skill this will become a very special bonsai tree
  • Currently 24" tall above it's pot. 33" wide overall

 

Scots Pine Yamadori Bonsai Material

Scots Pine Yamadori Bonsai Material
  • Stunning yamadori with outstanding character
  • Beautiful craggy bark and a great trunk
  • With a little care and skill this will become a very special bonsai tree
  • Currently 22" tall above it's pot. 37" wide overall

 

MASSIVE Yamadori Wild Olive Bonsai Material

Yamadori wild olive bonsai material
  • BIG, BOLD & BEAUTIFUL top quality yamadori olive
  • This will make a significant bonsai tree very easily
  • Lots of work still to do but coming along very nicely
  • 33" Tall above it's pot. 28" wide overall. 16" diameter nebari
  • High quality stoneware bonsai pot

 

EXCEPTIONAL Yamadori Wild Olive Bonsai Material

Yamadori Wild Olive Bonsai Tree
  • Exceptional top quality yamadori olive
  • This will make a significant bonsai tree very easily
  • Should be good to work next summer
  • 24" Tall above it's pot. 29" wide overall. 14" diameter nebari
  • High quality stoneware bonsai pot

 

Some Very Special Bonsai Trees Available To Buy Now


EXCEPTIONAL Yamadori Olive Bonsai Tree

Yamadori Olive Bonsai Tree
  • Olea sylvestris is a small leaf variety of olive tree native to Mediterranean regions
  • Collected in Sicily and entirely developed in the UK
  • A stunning yamadori bonsai tree and one of the best olives in the UK
  • 20" tall above it's pot. 30" wide overall. 11" wide nebari
  • Planted in an unglazed stoneware bonsai pot

 

Evergreen Barbary Oak Yamadori Bonsai Tree

Evergreen barbary oak yamadori bonsai tree
  • Stunning small leaved variety that's right at home in the UK
  • Incredible bark and elegant shape trunk
  • Excellent nebari and beautiful small leaves
  • 33" tall above it's pot. 28" wide overall. 15" diameter nebari

 

Japanese Needle Juniper LARGE Bonsai Tree

Japanese Needle Juniper Large Bonsai Tree
  • A nice old needle juniper from a collection
  • A big impressive bonsai that's been around for a very long time
  • Imported from Japan over 25 years ago
  • 36" tall from the top of it's bonsai pot. 30" wide overall
  • Planted in a nice unglazed stoneware bonsai pot

 

Crab Apple Bonsai - Flowering Bonsai Tree - Large Bonsai Tree

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  • Nursery grown this an amazing crab apple trunk
  • Incredibly powerful trunk with good taper
  • In time this will make a VERY special bonsai tree indeed
  • 20" tall above the soil surface. 24" wide overall. 8" diameter nebari
  • Planted in a plastic bonsai pot

 

Some Very Special Specimen Indoor Bonsai Trees for Sale


Large Chinese Elm Quality Bonsai Tree

Large chinese elm quality bonsai tree
  • A superb elm with beautiful mature branch structure
  • This tree has a superb trunk, good bark and quality branch structure
  • A rare opportunity to obtain a good example of this classic informal style
  • 21" tall above it's bonsai pot. 22" wide overall. 4" diameter nebari
  • Planted in an unglazed stoneware bonsai pot that has DAMAGE to one corner

 

Hamelia patens (Firebush) Flowering Indoor Bonsai Tree

Hamelia patens indoor bonsai tree

  • A stunning super rare Hamelia
  • Beautiful big trunk and fine branching
  • Extremely rare variety in European bonsai
  • Allowed to grow out to display it's flowers the tree will need a hard prune soon
  • 21" tall above it's bonsai pot. 22" wide overall. 9" diameter nebari
  • Planted in a glazed stoneware bonsai pot

 

Myrtle Leaf Citrus Flowering Bonsai Tree

Myrtle leaf citrus flowing bonsai tree
  • A stunning citrus
  • Absolutely beautiful strongly scented flowers in spring
  • You will not find a better one anywhere at this price
  • 13" tall above it's bonsai pot. 12" wide overall. 4" diameter nebari
  • Planted in a glazed stoneware bonsai pot

 

Ficus Retusa Quality Large Indoor Bonsai Tree

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  • An excellent large ficus with a powerful trunk relative to it's size
  • Excellent aerial roots & bark texture
  • Nice mature dense ramification & mature branch structure
  • 21" tall above it's bonsai pot. 21" wide overall. 4.5" diameter nebari
  • Planted in a scruffy glazed stoneware bonsai pot