RMBS Live Auction 2021 April 20th, 7pm

Updated: Apr 19

Hello RMBS members!


RMBS has a long history of live and silent auctions that serve the dual purpose of allowing members to circulate tools, containers, workshop time, and plant material at more affordable prices and raise additional funding for the club.


The funding raised is used for a variety of purposes, but along with our dues it helps to create bonsai content, bring guest artists for lecture and demos, and fund our annual show.


To that end, and as promised in previous club emails this year, we have some photos and descriptions of items that are being donated for the RMBS 2021 Live Auction. This will be a smaller auction than in the past, due to its remote nature.


Our auctioneer this year will be Paul Gilbert, and the Auction will take place in April. Emails to follow. You must be an RMBS member to attend and bid. There will be reserve prices on some of the items.


__________________________________________________________________________________________ Item #1: Ficus Natalensis

Donator : David McPeters

Description: Ficus Natalensis on deadwood (strangler style)

Started from rooted cuttings in 2015. Current height is 27 inches from soil to top

Repotted into Bill Sample pot 2018. Pot is 12.5 inches diameter and 3 inches high

It is currently wired.




Item # 2: Half day workshop or study session with Larry Jackel - 1/3

Donator: Larry Jackel

Description: This is 1 of 3 spots in a half day workshop/study session with Larry. Topics/time/location are TBD. Larry is an excellent artist, author, teacher, travelling demonstrator, collector, and curator at DBG. He has many years of experience and is an excellent teacher and mentor to many of our club members.


Item # 3: Half day workshop or study session with Larry Jackel - 2/3

Donator: Larry Jackel

Description: This is 1 of 3 spots in a half day workshop/study session with Larry. Topics/time/location are TBD. Larry is an excellent artist, author, teacher, travelling demonstrator, collector, and curator at DBG. He has many years of experience and is an excellent teacher and mentor to many of our club members.


Item # 4: Half day workshop or study session with Larry Jackel - 3/3

Donator: Larry Jackel

Description: This is 1 of 3 spots in a half day workshop/study session with Larry. Topics/time/location are TBD. Larry is an excellent artist, author, teacher, travelling demonstrator, collector, and curator at DBG. He has many years of experience and is an excellent teacher and mentor to many of our club members.





Item #5: Assorted Japanese Production pots, minor wear

Donator: Bob Randall

Description: This lot is 8 Japanese production pots. A couple have some minor chips, but most are in fine condition. These are typically great training pots that are a little deeper than a show pot might be. I've listed out the approximate sizing in conjunction with the order of photos.

  1. 11.75 x 10 x 2.75

  2. 10.25 x 2

  3. 10.5 x 8 x 2.75

  4. 12.5 x 10 x 3.5

  5. 11 x 7 x 12.75

  6. 10.5 x 7.5 x 2.5

  7. 7.5 x 5.5 x 2.75

  8. 8.75 x 6 x 1.5



Item #6: Rocky Mountain Juniper

Donator: Dan and Steve from Backcountry Bonsai

Description: A beautiful medium sized RMJ with a lot of potential. This is a high quality piece collected in Wyoming by some of our expert collector-members. If you've ever seen their website or trees after a skilled artist gets ahold of them, you'll know what a treat it is to see one of these trees being donated. https://www.backcountrybonsai.com/




Item #7: Oval Bonsai pot By Neal Murphy(Nikaya Bonsai Pottery) 3.75" tall x 7" wide

Donator: Will Kerns

Description: A nice small pot for a shohin sized tree or accent plant. Unique glaze pattern with drips and strong feet.




Item #8: Half day workshop with Todd Schlafer

Donator: Todd Schlafer

Description: A half day with our resident professional and an all around great guy Todd. If you've not seen his work, you must have been under a rock. Todd is asked to travel all over the place to teach, demo, and do work for various clubs, collections, and private patrons. He is also well known as a collector and has been featured in media including International Bonsai Magazine, The Asymmetry podcast, Bonsai Empire, and others.

https://www.firstbranchbonsai.com/



Item #9: Lego Creator Expert Bonsai Tree and Modern Bonsai Practice by Larry Morton

Donator: Evan Thomas

Description: A bonsai tree that you can't ever truly kill?? A dream for some of us! This is a high level Lego creation that you can customize and display inside, where normally many of our trees will not survive for long without special accommodation. In addition, the book Modern Bonsai Practice: 501 Principles of Good Bonsai Horticulture Book by Larry Morton(Featuring Walter Pall) is included in this auction. We all know horticulture comes before the art. A great combo!





Item #10: Sabina Juniper

Donator: Adam Johnson

Description: Adam's words "This is an urban dig Sabina juniper from an RMBS event way back in the dizayy. Been wired once and unwired last year. It's grown out a lot and in a plastic grow pot now. It was originally collected with Darrell Havener at his condo dig event in 2013. Most recent photo is 3 years ago." This is a nice juniper that has already had the foundation laid to get some good work done. It already fits in a small container and has had time to grow since it's last working.






Item #11: Glazed Round Donator: Bill Sample

Description: Bill is a long time potter, and many of our members can attest to the quality of his pottery. It is well made and is a good long term investment. In Bill's words "This is stoneware, fired cone 5, on red clay. In interesting green and blue glaze, slightly glossy. It has what I think of as a frosting accent on the top rim." This pot will come with a bonus kusamono pot that is a surprise.






Item #12: Unglazed Round

Donator: Bill Sample

Description: Bill is a long time potter, and many of our members can attest to the quality of his pottery. It is well made and is a good long term investment. Bill's words "This one is stoneware, fired to cone five. It's a red clay with a black clay slip throughout the middle, then I chattered it a bit to reveal the red clay underneath. Definitely matte, no gloss at all" This pot will come with a bonus kusamono pot that is a surprise.





Item #13: Pinon Pine

Donator: Mike Britten

Description: From Mike "Pinyon pine collected in 2020. Height from top of box: 16 inches, width from base to extent of foliage on the opposite side: 22 inches. Diameter at base: 1.5 inches. Subtle movement to trunk, good base to balance foliage movement to the opposite side. Root mass suitable size for a bonsai container (ready to put into a bonsai container in spring 2022 or later). Box dimensions (interior): 9.5 (length) 4.5 (width) X 3.5 (deep). Foliage healthy and buds beginning to open."












Item #14: Jim Robinson pot

Donator: Paul Gilbert

Description: This pot is a donation from the person collection of Mr. Paul Gilbert. It was originally crafted by Jim Robinson, a name that many of our veteran members will know. From Paul, "Jim Robinson was one of the early pioneers and leaders of RMBS. Jim was an excellent bonsai artist and potter, usually tailoring his pots to his trees. Looks like the chop mark says 92. I would guess that is when he made the pot 1992. Pot measure 6 inches and 3 1/2 inches inside depth."





Item #15: Bonsai Techniques 1 - By John Naka

Donator: Samantha Holm

Description: Sixth printing. Very good condition. An essential book by the "Godfather of American bonsai" that every bonsai artist should read and reread (and then read again)! This book is a collector's item that will only increase in value.





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