Catching up on winter tasks

Opening the studio has put me behind on tasks normally done in the leisure of the winter. Since it is so beautiful here today (and my bamboo delivery came the other day) I'm outside in the sun making repotting tools.

Carving repotting chopsticks and bamboo stakes to fasten trees in pots will fill the morning.  I'll also be making shorter, cruder sticks that are hammered into the root pad to anchor the trees into their pots. 

Up later, pruning and wiring a developing Eastern White Cedar bonsai.

Splitting the chopstick "blanks."

Splitting the chopstick "blanks."

Chopstick "blanks" before processing on top of pieces of the original canes they came from.

Chopstick "blanks" before processing on top of pieces of the original canes they came from.

The tips of freshly-made potting chopsticks.

The tips of freshly-made potting chopsticks.

Chopstick profile.

Chopstick profile.