June 17, 2010

From this day on you can follow my bonsai works in Go to “Blog”.

Alma Mater

May 28, 2010

A new enter: a big myrtus called “Alma Mater”. In issue # 104 of BF, Peter Adams made an extensive article with 3 options for the final design. Once again thanks for all Peter (i receive the originals in the past week).

A B or C – choose your option and let me know why!





Pistacia shohin

May 27, 2010

Probably one of the best shohins in my collection. Only 17cm high. I love the “wave” detail on the deadwood.

The Vitruvian

May 26, 2010

A new enter: olea europea. The first photo is from 2009 and is possible to see that some carving as to be carried out in the upper cut. In the meanwhile all the deadwood (not only the cut) as been worked. At the end  i use sand blaster. Next step: graft the foliage with some Mallorca olive cuttings.



Wild olive

May 25, 2010

In the past days i had the chance of working on this wild olive. First step – total defoliation. Then i wired all the branches with copper wire. What’s next? A new pot.

before | front

after | front

after | back

top view


Day one

May 25, 2010

Welcome to Under The Leaf  – the photo blog of the portuguese bonsai artist Ivo Santos. Here you can see some of my works in top quality yamadori plants and all the steps of my learning process in bonsai matters. Hope you like it!