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Suiseki Display

     The San Antonio Bonsai Society's (SABS) Suiseki Display at the city's annual Asian Festival.

This year it was held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, so there was a lot more room for everyone.

Here is a chrysocolla Coastal Stone (Iwagata-ishi). It is worn on the top but has a leveling cut on the bottom. The stand is hand-carved from a single piece of native Texas mesquite that was provided by Tom Gary, of the SABS.

     Here is another Coastal Stone (Iwagata-ishi) composed of limestone. I wish I had a better picture of it because it is fascinating. Although the color is light, it appears to have melted which has created a very unusal surface. This stand is also hand carved, but in a modern Chinese style simulating waves crashing at its base. It is from mesquite donated by Tom Gary.

This is a limestone formation with manganese inclusions that give the stone the appearance of an animal. Most people see a camel's head in this stone. It is resting on a purchased stand.

     This is one of the smallest stones in the show. It is a Rugged Mountain stone (Seigaku-seki) that is 3" wide. The stand was hand-carved from mesquite donated by Tom Gary.


In February 2000 the SABS sponsored the first ever daiza carving class. It was held at The Bonsai Farm, owned by Jerry Sorge (a life-long member of SABS) and organized by Marty Klajnowski (also a life-long member of SABS).

The class was given by yours truly. I think everyone had a good time and learned something about making stands for their favorite stones. I know I did.

Suiseki Display

     Helen Browne tests the fit of her large stone, composed of Petrified Wood. It's getting close Helen.

Jerry Jones works on an artistic ridge to set off the top of his stand.

     Now we use the router to perform the rough cutting of the feet for our stand. Right Jerry?

This picture is of Paul Tyler checking out Dawn's progress. Dawn is Paul's wife, and both have been memebers of SABS for many years. At the other end of the table, Marty Klajnowski tries to figure out why her oak "stand" is so hard to work.

     Val Faleski looks as though she is asking me why I'm not providing more help, even though she's doing just fine. Okay. No more pictures.

That's all we've been up to in this part of the world.
Hope you enjoyed this short tour.

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