California Gold!

I went down to the Mokelumne River park near my house the other week with my wife and dogs and to my surprise, the water was so low that where the water is usually a rushing torrent, I could walk across!

In one of the pools in the middle I found this old limestone that probably hasn’t been reachable for a long time!

I love the mountain peak and lake it has and especially the “slide” down the front!

I cut it and made a Jatoba (Brazilian cherry) wood daiza for it.

The natural “gold” of the daiza brings out the gold color streaks in the limestone that come from our water up here with a lot of iron in it. This is a very hard and heavy limestone piece.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!

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A friend and I went on a hunt for small Murphys Stones and I hit the jackpot!

Murphys Stones are an unusual combination of two types of stone, limestone (grey color) and quartz ( brown or orange color) found near the small town of Murphys California.

The quartz is so hard and the limestone so soft that the rain “melts” the limestone away from the quartz and leaves “stalk” like quartz features that some times look to me like the “hoodoos” in the Southwestern state parks like Bryce Canyon or Canyonlands. The quartz can also look someimes to be hanging on barely to the limestone.

Folks come from all over the world to find this unusual combination in stone and I happen to live an hour away.

I love the small ones!

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Gibons! (Platform stands)

Here are some gibons I have currently built and ready to ship!

Always keep in mind that I will build one any size to order!

Prices do not include 8% Ca. tax and shipping cost.

Cut Corner Gibon

DSCF8808Cut Corner Gibons;

7″ x 12″ , Brown – $50

6″ x 10.75″, Black – $50

9.5″ x 17.5″, Brown  – $140

11.5″ x 17.5″, Black – $150

15″ x 24″ , Brown – $200


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Rectangular Gibons;

9.25″ x 17.5″, Black – $140

11.5″ x 17.25″, Brown – $150

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Large Shoji Screen

Last year, Frank Kelly of the Canberra Bonsai Society down in Canberra Australia, ordered a six foot long shoji screen from me.

I was honored when Frank sent me a photo of the entrance to the Canberra Bonsai Society’s 2013 show.

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Shohin Stands Ordering Gallery

Large Shohin Stand

Large Shohin Stand #1

Keep in mind that all the stands you see on this page can be built to any dimensions and I love to design new stands!

Large Shohin Stand #1

Large Shohin Stand #1

This #1 shohin stan is my largest and has the best woodworking joinery for those who care about how a stand is built. It has triple mitered joints at the top and double v-groove joinery on the other joints (very difficult). The landings are inset panels into frames. Can be made dark brown or a redder color depending on what you like.

It costs $11oo

Shohin Set

Shohin Set

This shohin set also comes with a storage box that holds all 3 stands. The large stand is 16″ across, 24″ tall and 6″ deep. Also made with v-notches and triple miters.  Cost is $700

Shohin Stand #2

Shohin Stand #2

Shohin Stand #2 , 16″ x 24″ x 6″ deep- $400

Shohin Stand #3

Shohin Stand #3 , 12″ x 16″ x 6″ deep- $350

Small Shohin Stand #4

Small Shohin Stand #4 , 12″ x 12″ x 3.5″ deep- $220

#4 make look fragile but all the joints have tiny dowels and it is very rigid!

Shohin Stand #5

Shohin Stand #5

#5 was made to dimensions to match #1 Shohin stand.             Cost is $350

Shohin Stand #6

Shohin Stand #6

Shohin Stand #6, 6" x 6" x 4" tall-$115

Shohin Stand #6, 6″ x 6″ x 4″ tall-$110

Shohin Stand #7, 6" x 16" x 1.5" tall- $120

Shohin Stand #7, 6″ x 16″ x 1.5″ tall- $100

#6 is also made to match the dimensions of #1. Cost is $350

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Wild Bonsai!

My wife and I took a day up in the High Sierra and saw some cool wild bonsai.

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“Petroglyph” Stone

This is the “Petroglyph Stone” I found with it’s new daiza. It is a red jasper natural flat bottom mountain stone with quartz inclusions that look like Native American petroglyphs. When I think of ‘Native Americans” I think of the color of dry grass and dirt so I picked a wood for the daiza that color. I wanted the daiza thick to show that color. This is a very special piece of Myrtle wood with spalting and birds eye in it. The spalting is the black lines and the birds eye is the dots.

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