Final Collecting for the Year


DSC_1839A tree that called out to be collected – I had to cut off all of the lower branches – almost slipped off the cliff doing it. It was a ways down to the bottomDSC_1844All the branches cut away dug loose and ready to haul back to my truck.DSC_1843IMG_1465IMG_1466It is a double trunk but I might try a ground layer on the smaller trunk instead of cutting it off right away.IMG_1483IMG_1480I got lucky and found a smaller tree with a very large base trunkIMG_1477IMG_1476IMG_1479IMG_1468Final Collecting for the YearIMG_1457I decided to collect this large tree after seeing it for the last 15 years. I swear I heard a voice saying – please take me please. So I took the tree home.IMG_1475At home heeled in fish compostIMG_1463A double trunk I collected

October Collecting


Image 2A group of us got together to go collecting for Pinus contorta contorta (Shore PIne) Left to right Mark Patterson, Peter Woodland, Teague (Victoria) Gordon Cowen (Nanaimo) Peter Wilson and myself on the end (Campbell River). A very fun day for all of us. All pictures courtesy of Mark PattersonImage 7Me checking out the roots of a nice Pine – Teague was watching but posed for the shot.Image 1ImageTree was growing in a pocket in the rocks, I exposed the edges of the roots and then found the best leverage point to pop the tree out of the pocket.Image 5Done got the tree out with plenty of small surface roots.Image 4Rootball tightly wrapped in shrink wrap and with bunji cords strapped to my very old Trapper Nelson back pack. My roll of shrink wrap slides nicely over my digging shovel. What you see is all have for collecting secatuers and a small folding Silky Saw in my pocket. Stanfields wool overshirt Nylon pants if they get wet they dry out quickly jeans stay wet all day. Good pair of MEC boots and a wool toque.Image 3Peter Woodland pulling out a nice pine.
IMG_1434Fall Yamadori hunting in October presents a few problems I went out yesterday collecting in the sub-alpine. A week ago there was 4 inches of snow which melted when we had a change in weather. I left home on a sunny no cloud morning but upon reaching the higher elevations was fog and wind.IMG_1435The wind was so cold that all the trees had ice on the foliage on the windward side.IMG_1436I cut back some branches on this one so I can the trunkIMG_1438Flat sprawled out Mt Hemlock, something I would ignore in the past but….IMG_1439View from the sideIMG_1440Secatuers showing some scaleIMG_1442There is a decent sized trunk in there somewhere. This tree in a few years will make fairly decent Shohin after cutting back a lot of the branches.IMG_1443Here is the tree dug out and a lot of small branches taken away. As you can see it has a nice thick trunk. It was growing over a rock so the root mass is spread out and in the future (2 to 3 years) I will be able to expose the nebari and have a decent Shohin tree ( less than 12″ tall) IMG_1445If you look closely you can see Sam sitting on the rock on guard watching over me. We did run into a black bear earlier he was foraging on the remaining blueberries

Pine and Hemlock collecting


Here is Peter Wislon on the edge of a cliff checking out a tree in the pouring rain. It’s a 1500 foot drop staight downIMG_1391IMG_1394IMG_1398IMG_1392A few trees that were collected on the weekend these were the larger onesIMG_1364

Sometimes you can get a great view when out searching for new areas to collect  trees from.IMG_1373

Sam and Ernie checking out the view. Steep steep straight down it is.IMG_1356

Nice Pinus contorta contortaIMG_1357

Whew got it in the truck nice base I will heel it in at home and wait a year or two for the tree to recover.IMG_1378

Panorama shot of Buttle Lake


 Just resting and watching me dig a treeDSC_1801A few collected
IMG_1310 A few in the truck at home


One large one I collectedDSC_1828

My methods of heeling in newly collected trees

The following is how I prepare newly collected trees to succeed in survival and regrow new roots

I use a layer of fish compost (fir bark composted with fish offal) which has an NPK of 1-1-1 but is always at 1-1-1 due to aerobic bacteria breaking down the carbon in the mulch. The mulch also contains available iron, calcium and other micro elements. I put down a ground cloth that is permeable first and then add the compost then place the newly collected tree on top of the mulch.

IMG_1277I carefully cut away the shrink wrapping from the root ball trying to keep all the soil intact as much as possible

IMG_1278I twist the rootball into the mulch to help remove any air pockets.

IMG_1280Filling in under neath – no air pockets

IMG_1288Adding mulch along the sides and placing 2 to 3 inches on the top of the trees.


All done – these trees will be left alone all of this year and all of 2014. What happens now is that roots will start to grow into the fish compost mostly fine feeder roots. Depending on where I collected the trees my survival rates is 100% on bedrock collected trees and  75% or more on bog collected trees (bog trees have a limited root system)


Building my Studio

New floor boards added to floor joists

New floor boards added to floor joists

I started on my studio – I started a tad too late in the season and hope that monsoon season does not come early this year. My pooches are sitting in the warm sun. I decided that the most economical size would be a 16 ft by 20 ft studio and this would fit nicely behind our house.

IMG_1022Floor  and one wall is up and one wall ready to prop up.

All the lumber I will be using is custom cut by CFC Lumber in Campbell River – I should of taken a picture of the logs they used. The structural pieces of lumber are all rough cut Douglas Fir, studs, joists trusses are Doug Fir 2×6 rough cut the flooring shown here is 20 foot long 1″by 6″ Doug Fir boards – rough cut also.

IMG_1028All 4 walls are up and braced. I went to our local Habitat for Humanity Restore and purchased 4 used sliding glass doors for a heck of a deal.


Finally got all my roof trusses cut just need to assemble them and put them up. It looked easier than I thought – the trusses were very heavy and had to get a couple of youths to help me put them up.


Trusses are up, 1 sliding glass door is in and I started with the Red Cedar board and batten on the backside of the studio.


View of the backside of studio no windows just board and batten


Got my roof on, window and sliding doors in. Got a great deal from Nelson Roofing, they had a garage sale on surplus roofing tin. For $300 they cut the tin made me a roof cap and gave me a bag of roofing bolts.


With the roof on I can now start on finishing the outside board and batten. Nelson Roofing had a sale on fiberglass insulation at $10 a bag $100 did my entire studio.


Insulating the walls and ceilingIMG_1068I decided to put up drywall on the ceiling and walls I did not like the feeling of looking at the poly and insulation.


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Drywalled and being painted – left over paint not my choice of colors but cheap.


A jumble of wires from fluorescent lighting the lights came out of a local boxstore that got sold to Target I got all these lights ( electronic ballasts) for $70


Almost finished just need a little trim.


Gable end done with trim and all Geared Up

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Inside done now I can start working on my trees.

Moving to a New House!!!

Well we are moving to a new house and we have a lot of trees to move. We have been renting the past 10 years and decided to buy. With buying I decided to start a blog now that I can organize my trees, take pictures and display the trees I intend to keep. I hope to keep this blog going at least every 2 weeks.

Anton Nijhuis

Well we are finally in our new house, lots of work to do here. #1 is to remove a huge Sequoia on the property diameter 6 feet at breast height. The stump will make a nice bonsai bench. Still have a lot of trees to move but I got my favorite ones moved. Good thing a friend of mine moved into our old place and I can keep my growing stock there for awhile.

I do Bonsai not giant Sequoias


Lots of sorting out to do but I managed to get a few trees to our new home

Front yard – a before picture. After I remove the Sequoia this garden bed is next to be removed. The trees in the half barrels are going to be planted in berms, rocks etc. I need to make a proper pathway, fence to keep my unruly dogs in and benches to display my good trees.