When Can We Claim Deciduous Work As Our Own?

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

‘Whose work is it?’ is a question often asked by those who go to bonsai shows. Both conifer and deciduous bonsai will have answers to that question, but how that computation is made differs significantly. It is maybe easiest to understand how deciduous work is different by contrasting it with that of conifers. In most of our conifer bonsai work, the last person who adjusts the branches may claim the title of ‘the work’. In other words, if someone wires a conifer, and then someone else adjusts and places the branches and does the detailing, it’s the adjuster who can claim the work, not the wirer. This doesn’t happen often. It did happen a few times in Japan when we had a photo shoot to wrap up fast in the evening, and apprentices helped wire, but then Mr. Suzuki would set the branches. This is sort of a hypothetical as it is rather rare, but explaining it this way does hopefully tease out the issue. And the point to make with conifers is that aesthetic ‘ownership’ of the work can change hands in as little as a few hours. While conifers are rather straightforward in this regard, our claims for deciduous work are a bit more tricky, even subjective. Styling a Black Pine in a couple hours (this was a trip to Taiwan in 2017). The aesthetic ‘ownership’ of conifer work can be claimed in less than a day, one of the satisfactions of working with them. Naturally, if a deciduous bonsai…

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