Bonsai tree: Much More Than Just Shohin

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bonsai tree: Much More Than Just Shohin

I picked up this slightly faded photo off BonsaiCafé’s photo album on facebook. No criticism of BonsaiCafé intended. Especially given that high quality photos of Suthin Sukosolvisit’s bonsai are hard to come by. And anyway, a slightly faded photo of Suthin’s trees is much better than no photo of Suthin’s trees.

One of our most accomplished

I have long been a fan of Suthin Sukosolvisit’s bonsai, and though I try not to get into the personality end of things on this blog, I must admit that I find Suthin, in addition to being one of our most accomplished bonsai artists, a thoroughly decent human being. I miss my occasional visits with Suthin and Dara (another thoroughly decent human being) at Royal Bonsai since I moved away from the Boston area; so it’s nice to see Suthin and his bonsai pop up on the internet from time to time.

Much more than just shohin

Though Suthin is known for his shohin bonsai, his talents aren’t restricted to just the small end of the spectrum. Mid-sized and even large bonsai are also part of his highly skilled repertoire.

A very small complaint

I’ve never seen any real high quality photos of Suthin’s bonsai. I’m hoping they exist somewhere, though I suspect they don’t. Maybe someone out there will make it happen.

These before photos of a Communis juniper are from Suthin’s Royal Bonsai website. Though the photos are small, the quality isn’t bad. The after photo below, however…

Azalea. Also from Suthin’s Royal Bonsai website (as are the two photos below).

This Japanese maple is an example of Suthin’s skills with a larger-than-shohin sized bonsai.  It’s a pretty good photo, though it was so small that I had to enlarge it. Thus the slightly fuzzy quality.

Great tree. Great pot.

Source: Bonsai Bark


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