Sorry about the delay in compiling this post on Noelander’s 2015 but I am still recovering from, what was for us, a very exhausting though highly stimulating 5 day adventure, which included a 1350 mile round trip by road and sea.
I thought last years event in Heusden- Zolder was terrific but the new venue at the Limburghal Genk has raised the show to a whole new level of excellence. The increased space in the exhibition and traders halls ensured that at no time, did it feel overcrowded. The issues that were given for the banning of photography last year seem to have been resolved by the increased area. Having said that, despite the ban, there were many people taking pictures inside the exhibition and quite a number of them have already appeared on the Internet. As an averagely obsessed hobbyist and small scale blogger, who feels obliged to uphold the rules for fear of prejudicing my chances of having a tree accepted in the future, I personally feel disadvantaged by this. I sincerely hope the organisers will consider lifting this ban for next year; after all, in the same period, the Japanese have lifted the ban on photography at major shows and it would seem that the effect has been to open the shows up to a wider international audience.
Now for some pictures
Leaving the UK
Arrival at a misty Calais
Arrival at the venue on the first day. The queue was maintained for several hours after the doors opened, which I am sure pleased the organisers.
Ryan Neil gets things underway with his first day tree, an old twisted pine
and this is how it looked, later in the afternoon
On Day 2, Ryan was presented with this very challenging yew with a straight trunk at the base and numerous branches emerging from the same point
4 Hours later it was looking like this
Salvatore Liporace with his first day tree, an old yamadori juniper
and later it looked like this
On day 2 he had a pinus sylvestris to work on
and after four hours it looked like this
Seok Ju Kim from Korea, was a new face to most but he will be long remembered for his wizardry over the 2 days. On both days his material was particularly challenging both in scale and complexity. What this guy did in 2 four hour sessions would take most of us 2 to 4 years
His day 1 tree before and after
His tree on Day 2, before and after.
Lots of very complex bending
To end with, I really must say something about the town of Hasselt, where we stayed for 3 nights during the event. It’s a beautiful town about 10 miles from the venue, filled with amazing civic art, trendy shops, restaurants and traditional Belgian bars serving some of the world’s finest beers. If your planning a trip with a partner, who maybe isn’t as keen on bonsai as you are, they will love it.
Oh, and I bought some pots too.