|Take home a piece of Pacific Bonsai Museum with this unique enamel pin.
Designed by Seattle small business owner Zack Bolotin.
This Mountain Hemlock was collected in 1993 in Idaho’s Sawtooth
Mountains by a man who dug native trees and sold them to plant
nurseries. Bonsai artist Mary Corrington was teaching bonsai classes
at a nursery when she spotted it.
As Corrington explains, “Mother Nature did most of the work styling
this tree. My main credit was in recognizing what was in front of me
and refining it.” Snow loading in mountain environments sometimes
sculpts Mountain Hemlocks into dramatic, even exotic forms. Snow
had bent and broken this tree’s trunk and then did the same to its
When Corrington took the tree home, she removed approximately
seven feet from the top, and then trained one of the side branches as
its new top, and refined the foliage to repeat the trunk movements and
set up a visual rhythm