Monday, 16 July 2007

July Meeting- Speaker -Simon Temblett

(Simon leaves his egg under the table!!)
No sooner had he started then he was finished, or that's how it appeared, in fact it was 8.10 - 10.05. Interesting subjects, well presented.

Subjects covered:
-Bending thick trunks/branches.
-Growing trees in tufa rock.
-Painting driftwood with soot.

Simon demonstrated on an Ash, his aim was to alter the position of the crown by cutting half way through the trunk and bending it with a bending bar, sounds drastic looks dramatic.
He then wired and covered the wound with plumbers tape. As easy as that !.

After a 15 min's break Simon went onto sculpting tufa rock, one piece he had brought with him had been sculpted into the shape of an egg, he had then grown a juniper, in the literati style, in it.
That will cost you 85 pounds for a well established tree, not bad for a beautiful work of art.

He then went onto driftwood showing us how to bring out the woods texture by dipping in lime/sulphur and enhancing it with a painted solution of soot and water wiping it with a rag and then dabbing it with a rag soaked in lime/sulphur and lo and behold another work of art.
How some people have the gift and others don't have a clue, it's not right.

Simon brought with him a selection of his magnificent bonsai's, one of which was a Hawthorn, that I can only describe as being to die for or as Lee would like to put it at least a 5 hernia bonsai, see Lee or Brian for an explanation, it's been chosen to go to the Ginkgo awards this year.

As you are aware Iain is away this month on a well earned deserved rest, he told me to say that. He should be back next month to continue the blog, till then my thought for the month is-
......I wished I had 5 hernia's.

Doug sending Simon to sleep with one of his 'fisherman's tales'
(or alternatively -I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain,....')

1 comment:

Iain said...

Nice review and pictures Brian, I know who to call on in future!
Thats unless anybody else fancies highlighting their journalistic skills on the blog????


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  • 13th July- Monthly meeting - Topic TBC
  • 31st July Workshop - Gordale
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  • 20th August - Japan Day, Liverpool
  • 27-29th August WBS Annual Show - Gordale
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  • 25th September Workshop - Gordale
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  • 13th November Workshop - Port Sunlight GC
  • 26-27th November - Potter Workshop with David Jones (Walsall Studio Ceramics)
  • 27th November Workshop - Gordale
  • 14th December - Club Party


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