Hi, everybody, here are some impressions of the best Tony Tickle “BURRS” Bonsai workshop weekend this fare!!!!  It was such a pleasure and honour to be a part of it all again and I want to share that through these pictures with everybody!

here are some impressions of the best Tony Tickle “BURRS” Bonsai workshop weekend this fare!!!!  It was such a pleasure and honour to be a part of it all again and I want to share that through these pictures with everybody!

Below: This lovely picture of the bunkhouse where everything happens is made by Brian Dillon! I am sure he doesn’t mind me using it, and I know he doesn’t mind! 🙂

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                                         Below: The guy’s hard at work!

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Me and my great friend Pavel the “magician” in the kitchen at “BURRS”.

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On this years memorable Saturday night party with light refreshments, Smithy is trying to set organizer Tony Tickle on fire!

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Me hard at work on one of the best Yamadori Pines that I have ever worked on! While the guys are looking. 🙂

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     Will concentrated carving away on one off the many trees he helped with!

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On the way to “Burrs”, we saw the great city of Manchester in the morning fog mist.

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A wonderful Hawthorn with a great future! This shot was made on the Fryday afternoon the day before it all would start and before any work was done.

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                                          What a wonderful hobby Bonsai is!

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A sweat little Larch, one of the many trees that were created during this weekend!

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Two days hard at work wiring the tree and creating some heavy bends in two very thick branches!

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My evening lecture about proper branch building and OPEN SPACES was well attended! I got my point (OPEN SPACES!!!) over and we had some laughs…didn’t we?!

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My old friend “The man” Tony Tickle hard at work! I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for creating and hosting this unique event once again!

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                      Graham and Pavel. Smiling faces all around!

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This picture of my mate Mikey and me was made late on the Saturday night while we were working on his Pine.

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My new friend Marcio Meruje from Portugal concentrated at work on a Pine….what a talented guy!

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My dear longtime friend Terry Foster doing what he is sooooo good at! Thanks for taking us into your warm home again and say hi to Olie for us!!! Did he enjoy the beer?! 🙂

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Terry helping me wiring the last branches of this amazing Pine while Marcio is looking on.

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                                          Big Rob’s great Pine creation!

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                      How cool is this?! Making lovely people happy!

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                      After the tasty dinner some happy “Bluegrass” from

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Below: Rob Campbell concentrated at work on his sweat little cuspidata (Japanese yew). He wrote on IBC forum:   Thank you to Hans van Meer and Márcio Meruje!

I answered with:
No thanks to you Andrew for trusting us and following up on our advice! It was a valuable little yew and it takes courage to cut away that much branches and foliage! And your trust was rewarded with a very promising little Shohin with pretty OPEN SPACES! Very Happy  And thanks for bringing that large bottle of Smirnoff and sorry that I finished it all on the Saturday Night!


Rob just came back with:

Well, I have seen your work so the trusting thing was no problem really.  As for the Smirnoff….I have never seen anyone drink vodka like that.  I can see that you commit yourself fully to everything you do lol.  I will remember to bring two bottles next time haha


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Well, I was not the only one with a drink in my hand! Tony testing and showing a selection of all the beer we tried that night! 🙂  The other selection with the more potent drinks for real man with hair on their chest was spread out over the opposite tables along with food and other treats from around Europe! Picture made by Andrew Campbell.

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                    Happy Stewart, happy me and his new Bonsai.

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                        Fire eater Smithy with his big small Hawthorn.

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                                              More pictures tomorrow


Hans van Meer.





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