During that time he had the good fortune of
interacting with many of the leaders in the field such as Kawasumi Masakuni, of Masakuni Bonsai Tools, Saburo and Hideo
Kato, Kiyoshi Yamagami, Susumo Sudo and many others.
has written articles for Mini-World Magazine in Japan, photographed numerous
bonsai exhibitions including Koku-Fu for International Bonsai Magazine and was
the subject of a one hour NHK
(Japan’s PBS) documentary (The show can be viewed below - remember this was 1990!!)
about Bonsai. Stephen has also exhibited trees at competitions in
been a full member of the Nippon
Bonsai Association since
A move back to the US in
led to Stephen pursuing bonsai as a
hobbyist, consulting with other bonsai enthusiasts and continuing his bonsai
study by maintaining close contact with other bonsai professionals.
e continues to freely share his techniques and
knowledge of the art with others. Stephen’s collection
includes several trained bonsai masterpieces that he has been refining for
after collecting them in the wild.
also has other bonsai in training as well as bonsai tools for
He no longer maintains an open
garden or studio. You may contact him by email at:
Individual Design Workshops
If you are an advanced hobbyist with a tree you wish to refine or redesign, an individual workshop with Stephen may be for you. Using his thirty years of experience in teaching and cultivating bonsai he will share his techniques and knowledge to help you redefine your tree and develop a plan for your future bonsai design. You will work one-on-one with Stephen to improve the quality of your tree while increasing your knowledge and skills.
Advanced tools are available to help with your shaping techniques. These include the Lancelot angle-grinder chain saw, conventional chain saw, large tools (3-foot) including: concave pruner, spherical knob cutter, branch splitter, and root cutter, AutoMach Japanese rotary shaping tool and electric chisel, and more. Additionally, all standard tools including jin carvers are also available.
Registration is on an individual basis please email Stephen if interested. The cost of the workshop is $75.00 per hour with a two hour minimum.