I met Henk Steneker, the organizer of this workshop, during the Masterclass I did last year. There he asked if I would like to give a workshop in the following year at his relative new Bonsai shop “Iss Hogai” that is based in his new house in Emmen (Holland). Well off course I sad yes and last weekend it was time for me to make the 2 and a half hour long trip to the North East of Holland. I made it in one go and arrived right in time for a warm welcome by Henk and a cup of coffee with cake! He showed me around his large garden that is being converted to a Bonsai garden with benches for his and his club members Bonsai and a large aria to work. There is a nice indoor section in his garden to work when it is cold and raining or as in this case, rather hot! His club consist of a small but very enthusiastic group of Bonsai junkies, that had a great time during this sunny day! It is good to know, that there are so many people in Holland that are willing to make that extra effort to progress in their hobby! Because I know that improvement trough working on Bonsai, will make this magnificent hobby, even more enjoyable for them!
Left picture: discussing the trees possibilities.
Monique van Ommen, working indoor were it was much cooler!
Rene Bakker was very eager to start working on his Pine. I dont blame him! 🙂
Henk Steneker, founder of this club and organizer, hard at work on his “Taxus”.
Annete van Lintum, enjoying Bonsai! A picture that speaks for it self!
Rene, bless his heart, did not hesitate to cut off and bend some major branches, after we discussed where we could go with his magnificent old “Mugo”!
Left picture: Bram de Visser working on his tree.
Right picture: Bram’s “chamaecyparis” obtusa before his work started.
- After a long day of bonsai work, it was nice to finish off with a promising tree like this one! And than it was time for a nice cold beer with my new Bonsai friends from up North!
Hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed this day!
Hans van Meer.