Shohin Cascading Bonsai Stand and Burl Slab

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Project by Jay Kolaya posted 01-21-2011 09:24 AM 3876 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my good friends had asked me to build him a stand for one of his imported Shimpaku Junipers for an upcoming bonsai show. He was living in Ok at the time and after we talked for a few hours on the phone talking about the size, color and finish he wanted I started off without ever seeing the tree. When I had finally finished this stand I set it on one of the burl slabs I had just finished along with an accent plant and even without having a tree on the stand I knew right away the stand and slab would make for a wonderful display. I packed everything up and shipped it off to my friend Neil. When he got the box he called me riight away to tell me I had nailed the exact look he was hoping for. The pictures you see were sent to me from Neil the day he got his package and it was the first time I had seen the tree. I think he did a great job with the pictures and his tree and accent really compliment eachother. The stand was made from walnut with an Esspresso stain and a high gloss poly. (personally it’s a little too glossy for my taste but he wanted a high gloss finish) The slab is one of many pieces I resawed from a larger Jarrah burl I have. The box was make from aspen and the lid slides in from the top in a set of rabbits. I will say there are many things with this project that could be improved on but it was my 2nd real project and I had really only been woodworking for less than a year… so be gentle with the comments. Thanks for checking it out.


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#1 posted 01-21-2011 10:45 AM

Great project and nice looking slab.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 10:48 AM

Great looking Burl, and very well finished. Stand looks good too!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 11:16 AM

be gentle with the comments? This is BEAUTIFUL. What a wonderful job you did.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:12 PM

Great looking design for a display and great looking wood for the project. I’d say the sum of both parts is greater than either part alone.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 03:33 PM

+1 on debbie’s comment!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 04:33 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

~ Jay

-- Ask questions from everyone but act with your own mind.

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 04:07 PM

My goodness. What a beautiful arrangement. I would love this for my home!!!!!

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#8 posted 01-22-2011 05:12 PM

You’re right. The stand is proportioned perfectly, and accents but doesn’t compete with the tree. The burl and accent plant are a great idea as well. Well done.

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 06:38 PM

Looks great, I am always amazed at Bonsai trees.
As for the things for improvement, I think that we are always over critical on our own projects.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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