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Our final post on stands today with three wire bonsai by Ken To.

Rosewood Stand maker unknown and Wire Bonsai by Ken To

Rosewood Stand maker unknown and Wire Bonsai by Ken To

KJ loves to display these wire bonsai by Ken To in her display cabinet. The stand is from Japan and is made from Rosewood.  Strangely enough it appears to be unfinished as I don’t see any traces of varnish or wax on the stand.

Rosewood Stand maker unknown

Rosewood Stand maker unknown

Rosewood Stand maker unknown

Rosewood Stand maker unknown

A nice stand with curved legs giving it a soft but voluminous feeling as compared to the next stand.

Ebony Stand maker unknown

Ebony Stand maker unknown

It is hard to see from this picture, but the stand appears to be made from ebony as the wood is quite dark.  A very classic stand as it is very upright and more formal than the first stand being displayed.

We like this wire tree and its leftward lean. It reminds us of a tree high up in the mountains leaning over the cliffs or perched on a rock and leaning away from the mountain face to acquire more sunshine.

Chinese Rosewood Stand

Chinese Rosewood Stand

You will have to comment on this stand. It is an inexpensive stand from China that is decently made and we believe works decently with this Ken To tree.  The stand could perhaps be just a bit wider to give the tree and pot more breathing room but we do like the style.

This leads to a interesting question.  You know how your bonsai often looks good to the eye, but then when you see it photographed – well it just doesn’t look as good. It seems our eye has a way of sometime overlooking the rough spots whereas a photograph uncovers every weakness.

We suggest if you are about to go into show season, be it bonsai or suiseki, that you take a minute, compose your tree or stone, and take a quick photo. Then take a hour or so and evaluate what you like and don’t like about the setup.  We think it will help improve your displays immeasurably.

 

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