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    for those of you who are close enough to the pacific northwest, I will be giving
    free seminars for the next 3 weekends, and your invited. Next saturday is basic koi keeping. A 101 course for begiinners and refresher for those progressing.the next 2 saturdays, I will be working with small groups and we'll pan tosai and talk about what to look for as the koi grows and changes.because i want to keep any commercial aspect off this board, you can contact me direct thru the board if your looking for directions and times down on the blueberry farm!
    Dick Benbow
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    Hmm..is it possible to post pictures of the kois used in your classes? Perhaps conduct a remote class for us?
    Bancherd

    Thai Koi-Keepers' Group

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    • #3

      What i have found in the past when taking photos to do a remote class is that it's hard to see the differences in the quality/skin. Most look for pattern. i think that's what having a hands on seminar can show a little better.
      Dick Benbow

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      • #4

        Dick, sounds like a good class. I wish I was closer up there to attend. But sounds like many of koi hobbyist should take advantage of hands on. I know I get so much info on hands on it is PRICELESS!

        Joe
        It's a living creature (chit happens)

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        • #5

          Originally posted by dick benbow
          for those of you who are close enough to the pacific northwest, I will be giving
          free seminars for the next 3 weekends, and your invited. Next saturday is basic koi keeping. A 101 course for begiinners and refresher for those progressing.the next 2 saturdays, I will be working with small groups and we'll pan tosai and talk about what to look for as the koi grows and changes.because i want to keep any commercial aspect off this board, you can contact me direct thru the board if your looking for directions and times down on the blueberry farm!
          Dick--sent you a PM to get details of your seminars--thanks for doing so much for the hobby.

          Chris
          ChrisC

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          • #6

            I love teaching. When i started there was nothing to refer to. Info was hard to come by. George sakai was the first to help me with my learning curve. Along the way lots have shared and i feel i need to pass along what I've learned.

            these sessions keep me focused on what's basic.

            Chris if you can make the seminar for the basics, I will also do any impromtu

            teaching seminar with tosai selection so you don't have to come back again
            to get that part of your education!
            Dick Benbow

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            • #7

              Well, I'm off to put on my seminar. It's cool and rainey in Washington state. A perfect day to be indoors, so I'm hopeful I'll have a good turn out. I'll have a few thoughts when all is done.

              I must admitt my real joy is talking about tosai and how to begin understanding what they have the potential to do. One of my favorite exercises is to get a pack of white balloons that are long and thin and about five inches long. I pass them out in class with a red pen and have the stuidents draw a favorite pattern. then have them blow up the balloon to see how it changes. It forces the pattern to ride up which happens in real life and gives relative understanding why it's important to have fairly deep heavy patterns on tosai.

              later......
              Dick Benbow

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              • #8

                About 25 adults showed up and 3 youngster between 10-12. We ran the seminar over an hr with questions and answers. was fun. After it was all over i sorted the last of 2004's tosai and put them out in the outside bins. The Sanke's and ociba's are really coming on nice. I took account of the availbale water for raising youngsters this year and tried to determine which couples we would try again and which we would try different mates with. I have a douitsu showa that's nice that's new this year (female) and a sakai hiroshima kohaku male to try with our Ogata female.

                next saturday i will do my tosai lessons for a limited class of 6. we select tosai of the kind people are interested in and we critique them thru elimination and thus end up with the best available koi of that color variety. from my asagi babies i did set two aside that i had hopes for to grow on.

                was one of the fastest days of my life, because i really felt in my element.
                gets me thru the week. tomorrow will be rest and recoup with my bonsai interest. I have a juniper that i have been working on that needs a good show pot so will go see if I can find one and get that repotted.l i regenerated my
                water conditioner beads and have them now filtering all the new inlet water.

                am hopefull will see some pictures soon of some asagi tosai from hosokai that arthur will be putting out in their grow pond soon.,

                now if i could just buy the lucky lotto ticket!
                Dick Benbow

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                • #9

                  That was quite a few in attendance. How are the classes organized/promoted?

                  Using that new camera on the Ochiba and Sanke?

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                  • #10

                    Dick, what a great trunout! Next time I will have to fly up in advance and check one of these out.

                    Have fun tomorrow on Bonsai I will be doing the same.

                    Joe
                    It's a living creature (chit happens)

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                    • #11

                      Joe, love the bonsai pic!

                      Mike, I've been negligent on learning the camera. (sorry) I'll see what i can do next time.

                      i'm looking forward to meeting Chris who chats on this board at one of my tosai seminars over the next 2 weeks.
                      Dick Benbow

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                      • #12

                        Dick my friend....take the camera with you, turn on, point and then push button. The technology will amaze you grasshopper......LOL

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                        • #13

                          Dick, I love that Bonsai my avatar. I think that is the one that drove me to doing Bonsai. its not mine LOL I took a pic of it at a garden show in SF. The owner of the sequoia invited wife in I to his house to show us his collection soon.

                          Seminar sounds great. I think you would have a following down here in Bay Area if we were to drag you down here so we can listen to your tuteludge..

                          Joe
                          It's a living creature (chit happens)

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                          • #14

                            Dick--hoping to meet you next Saturday. I will be in real trouble after I have been to class on how to pick tosai! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you allow me to take anything home!!If you hear me muttering: "moderation and patience, moderation and patience" you will know I am trying to get into the zen of the hobby!
                            ChrisC

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                            • #15

                              Chris I can appreciate your Mantra..."no fish until it's time!" I hope you'll be able to make better decisions when your facilities are ready. Trouble is the more you learn the more you realize there is to learn!

                              Joe, My son's teasing me because I went an bought some japanese soil for transplanting my juniper. Said i spent all my money " for a box of rocks"! It's
                              good to have someone that understands....

                              Dan, Ok I'll get that new fangled thing out and give it a whorl. that is if your up to posting. I need to take a picture of my english laurel hedge that is covered with wisteria blooms right now. You walk into the bonsai garden and the perfume is over whelming. I snuck the temp up to 66F on the koi so i can do some heavier feeding. I tested my KH and GH and both are minimal...no wonder the kindai showa's black has gone dormant!
                              Dick Benbow

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