WELCOME TO MY SHOHIN BLOG
Hi, my name is Robert Nocher and I live in a small village in the south west of Scotland, UK. I started this blog in March 2014
I have been into bonsai for 13 years but only began to take it seriously about 3 years ago when I retired from my job in the fire service. For my first 11 years in the hobby I struggled on my own, learning what I could from the numerous books that are available on the subject but my trees, although healthy, never seemed to look any better than when I started. About 3 years ago I discovered the world of the online bonsai forum and in particular The Internet Bonsai Club. This opened my eyes to all sorts of possibilities and introduced me for the first time to the pleasures of shohin bonsai. I attended the 6th exhibition of the British Shohin Association at Willowbog Bonsai Nursery in 2012 and saw for the first time, the world class trees of John Armitage and Mark and Rita Cooper. I have been hooked ever since, not only with small trees but also the world of Japanese shohin pots and display items.
I decided it was time to take some classes to improve my skills and develop a better understanding of bonsai design. In the past 2 years I have attended workshops by Peter Warren, Steve Tolley and Mark Noelanders and I have also joined a local club. I say local but there is no club in south west Scotland. I face a 150 mile round trip on the first Sunday of every month to attend The Lanarkshire Bonsai Club’s regular meeting at Watston Bonsai. The Lanarkshire Club is very active, with a good number of members keen to improve their trees and skills, including a fair number that specialize in shohin. The club also benefits from the knowledge and direction of Dougie Smith proprietor of Watston Bonsai, who imports some of the finest bonsai you’ll ever see, including Kimura’s, and Robert Porch, a Scottish bonsai legend. Joining the club and attending the workshops has benefitted me greatly and given me a direction in bonsai that I didn’t have before.
I have started this blog to share my bonsai journey with other like minded individuals and to make new friends across the world. Not all of my trees are shohin size, I have about a dozen or so larger ones which I will be posting about as time goes by. Please feel free to leave a comment or say hello at any time