Sunday, April 9th
Room 101, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park
Fred Miyahara will educate us on 1) what the basic tools are meant to do and how to use them, 2) how to determine what tools you will need the most, 3) quality differences in tools and when that quality makes a difference, and 4) the basics of maintaining your tools. There will also be discussions where to buy tools, and where to buy basic sharpening and maintenance products. There are many tools used in bonsai like the dozen or so different shapes of scissors, so not all tools will be discussed. Carving tools, in particular, will be left for another day.
In the morning, from 8:30AM to 10:15AM, there will be several of our experienced members available to help with how to sharpen and maintain your particular tools. There will be tables set up with one instructor per table to work with members. It is first come, first served, but we do have about 2 hours. Each member will have about 10-15 minutes. The instructor will show you the basics of sharpening, which you will do under their watchful eyes.
To get you started, you can view the video below from Kitchener Waterloo Bonsai Society, in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.