Remember,

if it ain't fun,

it ain't bonsai!

Golden Arrow Bonsai

"Let Yourself Go Wild"

Ancient Collected Trees

Andrew Smith, 22473 Alpine Acres Dr., Deadwood, S.D. 57732 605-342-4467 goldenarrowbonsai@gmail.com

This is Page 10 Updated 2/3/24

Driftwood and stone slabs

Naturally weathered driftwood is often used for making a Phoenix graft, or tanuki. It is also used in ikebana, and as a bonsai accent.

Making a Phoenix graft is a fun way to create an ancient and beautiful looking bonsai in just an afternoon. To make a Phoenix graft a young, flexible tree is inserted and grown into a groove carved into a piece of driftwood, creating a tree with an aged character from a plant with youthful vigor. Design options are only limited by your imagination and creativity. The specimen at left is one I made several years ago using two spruce seedlings attached to a piece of juniper driftwood.

The Wood

Rocky Mt. juniper wood is the most popular for making phoenix grafts. It is light, hard, rot resistant and has a great character -which can be further enhanced by carving. I cut pieces only from trees that have already died or pieces found on the ground.



Shipping: Postal rates have gone up and currently FedEx is the cheapest carrier to most locations. Speed-Dee Delivery is very affordable in the midwest. Often, but not always, several pieces can fit together in one box with no increase in shipping rates.

Item # D54: RM juniper. Price $40. Shipping $33.

Natural stone slabs for bonsai

Item # SS8: SOLD Curved slate slab. Approximately 1" thick, 22" x 9" 14lb.Natural, no drain holes.  Surface: concave, slightly textured. Price: $50. Shipping: $23. Priority mail.

Item # SS6: Shale slab.

Approximately 3/8" thick.

Three  5/16" drainage/wire holes.  

Surface: slightly undulating.

Price: $45. Shipping: $23. Priority mail.

Item # SS7: Shale slab.

Approximately 3/4" thick.

No holes.  

Surface: Flat.

Price: $30. Shipping: $23. priority mail.

Item # SS8: Shale slab.

Approximately 1/2" thick.

Three  1/2" drainage/wire holes.  

Surface: slightly undulating.

Price: $55. Shipping: $35.

The ancient guardian.

Item # D50: RM juniper. Price $135. Shipping $55. Excellent! It's not easy to find pieces like this!

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Item # D61: RM juniper. Price $35. Shipping $37.

Item # D58: RM juniper. Price $35. Shipping $39.

Item # D55: RM juniper. Price $40. Shipping $36.

Item # D52: RM juniper. Price $30. Shipping $33.

Item # D65: RM  juniper. Price $45. Shipping $44.

A stone slab is sometimes a perfect natural container for bonsai.

Above: A group of Black Hills spruce on a granite slab.


Item # D60:

SOLD

RM juniper.

Price $45.

Shipping $39.

Item # D64: RM juniper. Price $45 Shipping $34.

Item # D59: RM juniper. Price $40 Shipping $39.

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Item # D57:

RM juniper. Price $30

Shipping $32.

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