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Author:  Will Heath [ Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:16 am ]
Post subject:  Conifer Category Entries

This thread is for the "Art of Bonsai Awards" conifer entries received to date.

Notice:

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Author:  Will Heath [ Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Height: 33 in, 85 cm
Pot: Tokoname
Categories: Conifer

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Mauro Stemberger - Italy

Judge Warren Hill scored 3
Judge Guy Guidry scored 9
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 8
Total score 20
Average score 6.67

Judge Comments:

"One of the best of the conifers, The very strong base which looks like the back of the root system works as the tree seems to turn around and do a double take. Very nice for butt in your face! Killer tree, Great match with pot too!" - Guy Guidry

"Nice composition and preparation. The relatively juvenile branches (no taper) detract from the overall presentation. The guy-wire is distracting; wired branches on a conifer are just fine, but visible guy-wires are not. The pot is too fussy and feminine for this tree." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo turra)
Height: 22 in, 56 cm
Pot: Japanese
Categories: Conifer

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Alfredo Salaccione - Italy

Judge Warren Hill scored 8
Judge Guy Guidry scored 6
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 6
Total score 20
Average score 6.67

Judge Comments:

"Nice tree for thin trunk. Looks wild and good use for trunk without much taper. I like the tree but the line above the canopy is a little straight. It works. Hard to pull off! Helps me to forgive weak base." - Guy Guidry

"Interesting and natural composition. Nice condition and preparation. The overall image would be much improved with elimination of the leafy plant from the pot and removal of the descending vertical jin. Both are very distracting and add unnecessary complexity to what would otherwise be a sublime composition." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Chinese Juniper (Junipersu chinensis 'Kisho')
Height: 16 in, 40 cm
Pot: Tokoname
Categories: Conifer

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Andrea Trevisan - Italy

Judge Warren Hill scored 7
Judge Guy Guidry scored 5
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 5
Total score 17
Average score 5.67

Judge Comments:

"Small tree with nice canopy appears to have a piece of drift wood stuck in front! Well done, a little contrived but nice. Pot is a little heavy. Perhaps tree will grow into it in future." - Guy Guidry

"Lots not to like here: inappropriate placement on an inappropriate stand, all deadwood trunk (lifeline is in back), clumsy overlarge foliage pads (too large for such a dainty trunk), and glazed pot is visually too busy." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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California Juniper (Juniperus californicus)
Height: 34 in, 86 cm
Pot: Sara Rayner
Categories: Conifer

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Mike Page - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 1
Judge Guy Guidry scored 4
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 3
Total score 8
Average score 2.67

Judge Comments:

"Nice trunk, but canopy needs a few years development .Tree has a good future. Be patient!" - Guy Guidry

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Height: 18 in, 46 cm
Pot: Tchechia
Categories: Conifer

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Dragutin Galunic - Croatia

Judge Warren Hill scored 2
Judge Guy Guidry scored 4
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 3
Total score 9
Average score 3

Judge Comments:

"Thin young trunks don’t need jin apexes. A little more development would be nice. Bonsai has very good future." - Guy Guidry

"This one needs a couple more decades before it’s shown" - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Thu Jul 30, 2009 12:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens nana)
Height: 20 in, 51 cm
Pot: Dick Ryerson
Categories: Conifer

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Mike Page - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 3
Judge Guy Guidry scored 5
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 3
Total score 11
Average score 3.67

Judge Comments:

"Very good balance for procumbens with weak beginning! (Base) Good Job!" - Guy Guidry

Author:  Will Heath [ Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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California Juniper (Juniperus californicus)
Height: 30 in, 76 cm
Pot: Houtoku
Categories: Conifer

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Mike Page - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 1
Judge Guy Guidry scored 5
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 6
Total score 9
Average score 3

Judge Comments:

"Good treatment of straight line in center of composition. Hard to over come, yet a success! The development of an apex and a few years of growth will disguise any flaws" - Guy Guidry

"Two uninspiring lines punctuated by a poof of shapeless foliage. The visible guy-wire doesn’t help matters." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)
Height: 32 in, 82 cm
Pot: Andreas van Kerckhove (Belgium)
Categories: Conifer

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Hans Vleugels / Mario Komsta - Belgium

Judge Warren Hill scored 7
Judge Guy Guidry scored 6
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 8
Total score 21
Average score 7

Judge Comments:

"Well, done for such a thin trunk. Not easy to pull off! VERY NATURAL. Hard to make look good with the amount of space between first branch and rest of tree." - Guy Guidry

"The various elements of this one work well together. Pleasant and natural composition. The leafy plant in the pot should be removed—or—it should be larger and repositioned." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniper procumbens)
Height: 12 in, 30 cm
Pot: Tokoname
Categories: Conifer

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Thomas J Mozden - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 4
Judge Guy Guidry scored 4
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 3
Total score 11
Average score 3.67

Judge Comments:

"Pretty typical of material. Easy level of difficulty but still nice. Good match with pot!" - Guy Guidry

"A trunk this small cannot support foliage pads of these dimensions. Junipers must have jin and shari." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Height: 13 in, 33 cm
Pot: Japanese
Categories: Conifer

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Thomas J. Mozden - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 4
Judge Guy Guidry scored 7
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 6
Total score 17
Average score 5.67

Judge Comments:

"I think a little negative space between branches would be good for aesthetics. It would also be nice if the trunk peeked in and out of the foliage. Well done for such a small tree! It is a big little tree." - Guy Guidry

"A quiet and “normal” bonsai that could benefit from proper display stand. The roots are visually weak. The branches will improve in time." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Height: 12 in, 30 cm
Pot: Japanese
Categories: Conifer

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Thomas J Mozden - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 5
Judge Guy Guidry scored 7
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 5
Total score 17
Average score 5.67

Judge Comments:

"It looks like a wild collected tree and matches well with its container. Very natural looking with good needles!" - Guy Guidry

"The pot and the material are nice, but the front branch is poorly presented/configured. The needles are overlong for such a dainty tree. Also, it must have a STAND!" - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Sat Aug 22, 2009 8:07 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens)
Height: 11 in, 28 cm
Pot: Tokoname
Categories: Conifer

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Thomas J Mozden - USA

Judge Warren Hill scored 4
Judge Guy Guidry scored 7
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 5
Total score 16
Average score 5.33

Judge Comments:

"It’s a darn good look for a procumbens. Very powerful and wild looking. Looks like a big tree!" - Guy Guidry

"Interesting, natural composition. It could benefit from some taming of the foliage. The stand is the wrong color." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Height: 20 in, 50 cm
Pot: Derek Aspinall
Categories: Conifer

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Walter Pall - Germany

Judge Warren Hill scored 5
Judge Guy Guidry scored 8
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 5
Total score 18
Average score 6

Judge Comments:

"Birth of trunk gives rise too a powerful natural looking tree! Great use of material and perfect match with pot! I like it!" - Guy Guidry

"Nice material, but the branch arrangement is haphazard and the stand is far too small." - Andy Rutledge

Author:  Will Heath [ Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conifer Category Entries

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European spruce (Norway spruce) (Picea abies)
Height: 24 in, 60 cm
Pot: Genuine German sinter stone, collected
Categories: Conifer

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Walter Pall - Germany

Judge Warren Hill scored 8
Judge Guy Guidry scored 9
Judge Andy Rutledge scored 6
Total score 23
Average score 7.67

Judge Comments:

"Looks like a real tree .I love it .It would be nice if the two branches on left, the main one and the one near the top had a little more foliage on them so I didn’t see everything! Great choice of pot. Very natural! Killer!" - Guy Guidry

"A powerful, evocative, natural image marred by poor placement on a too-small slab. The lower slab/stand is wrong." - Andy Rutledge

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