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The Stands of Al Keppler

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For years I suffered trying to find suitable stands for the proper display of bonsai. Stands were either too small, too large or had a raised border that made the top of the table nearly useless except for the exact shape pot needed to fill the recessed area. Out of necessity I found it challenging to experiment in building tables for display. Building tables that are complimentary to the tree and pot is an art unto itself. I have found the practice to be very therapeutic and enjoy the creativity whenever possible. Due to the extreme heat of the central valley California, I restrict by table building efforts to spring winter and fall. It is my hope that future articles about bonsai display and books about bonsai display will spend more time about the complex marriage of tree/pot and stand. This marriage cannot and should not be ignored. The stand has always been a very intricate part of the display and it is time that we started treating the stand as part of the image rather than a costly accessory.

Bonsai and photographs by Jim Smith

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, Wenge

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Scott Straley, Redwood, USA, Pyracantha by Al Keppler

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, mahogany, Mountain maple by Al Keppler

The Stands of Al Keppler

Sold, Black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Sold, Ash wood

The Stands of Al Keppler

Main stand by Al Keppler, black walnut, juniper by Marco Invernizzi, Boxwood by Gary Biggs

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, Australian lace wood, accent by Al Keppler

The Stands of Al Keppler

Sold, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Garreth Shepard, USA, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Bob Hilvers, USA, Australian lace wood

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Grey Anderson, USA, Australian lace wood

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner of main stand Enga Wolfe, USA, black walnut, trees by Enga Wolfe

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, Boccote

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, Poplar

The Stands of Al Keppler

Personal collection, black walnut

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Carl Bergstrom, USA, Black walnut, tree by Carl Bergstrom

The Stands of Al Keppler

Stand owner Will Heath, USA, Black walnut, tree and photograph by Vance Wood

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