Friday, May 1, 2009

Octopus Style Workshop at May 2009 Meeting

Our own Ken Huth will lead a workshop with shimpaku juniper on Octopus style (tako-zukuri) $15 will do it all: tree, raffia, wire, fun, help . . . . the whole bit.

No one has done more for ACBS than Ken Huth! And once again Ken swings into action. You may have seen him working on this at the last meeting. He started with a young shimpaku juniper whip, wrapped it with raffia, then wired it and . . . . then he did the twist – round and round and back and forth. It brought the height of the tree from about 24 inches down to about 8 inches. WOW! (Yes, you do hear considerable crunching and snapping, but that’s why you have the raffia wrapped around it – to hold all of the pieces together. ;-) The next step on the plant shown would be to thin the branches, then wire them into the usual, first-branch, second-branch, back branch, etc. This is an EXCELLENT technique to learn! The technique is the same that you can use on branches that are too long and have too much space between the secondary branches. Besides it looks like great fun!! And Ken is looking forward to leading this workshop as much as I’m looking forward to taking it.

So join us, 7-9 pm at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center 2131 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

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