Wet Swapmeet? NOT!   4 comments

Forcast was for snow in the valley. Havn’t had snow here since Christmas Eve 1998. Rain all day and sleet and snow was what they said. Sure sounds like a miserable day. Well the rain came in about 4AM and pissed for an hour or so. Then it cleared up with some cold blue sky and all was good for the rest of the day. It was cold, but we can deal with cold.

Had about 25 or so sellers and lots of good stuff to choose from. What I am finding that since we are at the fifth swapmeet the material is getting better and better. With better material comes higher prices. The first couple years the prices were very low cause everyone had huge amounts of stuff around they were willing to sell cheaply. As the years clicked by the cheap stuff is gone and the better stuff is left and everyone wants to make a buck. The fact is, if you want it gone, then price it to sell. If you want to load it back up and take it back to your backyard and water it for another year, then go ahead and price stuff at 200.00 a pop. I sold stuff that I could have easily sold on Ebay for hundreds of dollars and let it go for like $40.00.

I bought two pots from this guy. Lots of pots some hand made all reasonably priced.

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These next two junipers were for sale for $125.00 a piece.

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Glen Vanwinkle had a pickup load of calidama for sale. Sold out!

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I will find out more about this trident forest on a rock. In an old  Dick Bates concrete pot. I have some of them too.

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Happy customer.

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Now on to the stuff I managed to buy. I bought a couple pots off the vendor at the end. Pots are from Japan but export quality. Not top of the line stuff. The glaze is good though and they will make great training pots.

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I purchased this stone from my stone guy. This stone is jadite from Stoney Creek in Northern California.

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My Japanese pot connection made it just in time. I was holding back in the money dept. until I seen what she brought. Fresh from Japan, only one month old.

A shohin accent plant pot by Isso.

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Another accent pot by Isso. Some patina on this one.

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Sinature of Isso

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Shohin pot by Shuho.

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Signature of Shuho

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Shohin pot by Bunzan

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Signature of Bunzan

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A dark blue, almost black shohin pot.

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A shohin pot with drippy blue glaze.

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This white tray is pretty old. Japanese but no hanko.

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Purchased this hazel, Harry Lauders walking stick, because it was on the small side and had a good trunk and base. A nice image in winter with all the twisty branches.

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This small pine is from Ed Clark, the guy I got many tridents from among them the Wizard of Oz tree. This is a small pine with the wire in the bark constricting it growing it larger. From cutting, four years old. Trunk already 1 inch across.

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Sorry about the blurry pic, will take another, but this is a sweet double trunk crab apple, shohin size. Will look great in either of the pots by Bunzan or Shuho.

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Posted December 9, 2013 by California Bonsai Art in Uncategorized

4 responses to “Wet Swapmeet? NOT!

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  1. Al, thank you for posting these excellent shots from the swap meet.
    How and when will you get the wire out that is imbedded in that little pine?

    • The wire will stay in the tree. Much of the tree has already healed over the wire and it is lost forever. This is a technique that Ed Clark got from George Muranaka, that George got from Lindsey Farr’s World of Bonsai series on youtube. I do this with small junipers also.

  2. Great pics Al. I think the wire stays right where it is. Your prices are really quite cheap. How much we’re the pines with the wire. I wish we had better import laws, because it would make a trip down south worth my while.
    Thanks for the pics.
    Qualicum Brian

  3. $15.00 bucks American. I don’t know how the guy can grow it for that. What a steal. I mentioned looking for the deals. I am very discriminate about what I buy. Many people wonder why with being so outspoken about bonsai, I don’t have a couple thousand trees. If I had the money I could have bought and made a huge collection…..of other peoples stuff. I have no problem with buying something from someone else, but it has to be rudimentary enough or so screwed up that it is worth my while putting the Keppler touch on it. This little pine is such a tree. There is enough of the painstaking work done on building the trunk, that I can come in for 15.00 and really put the showey part on it, and have something to be proud of. It will always be listed on my blog as a Ed Clark pine, but the before and after will show a difference that can only be had by a new owner.

    Thanks for the comment.

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