Valerio Gianotti is president of Bonsai Club Alpignano , where he lives , and began his bonsai activity from far 1984 ; he has almost all Yamadori trees principally black and white pines ,some cork oaks ,some junipers and carob trees. We can say he is a pine man .
All yamadori pines have been collected in mountains ,near where he lives , at 1,000 -2,000 meters ; they were in rugged valleys with roots between two heavy rocks , so you can imagine what hard work has been to lift rock above and delicately draw out them below : he told me that the roots were immersed in poor soil and once disentangled from rocks ,it has been a children play to have them safe and sound .
This Pinus Sylvestris "The Snake"had an award in a show to San Marino Republic and a stamp has been dedicated to it .You can see the back and the bark below :
Valerio told me that he doesn't fertilize much his trees ,because they have been inured to have a poor soil , so their roots can be damaged by high fertilizers levels.
Above you can admire a good choice of black pines yamadori ,i have other pictures of them ,but i need show you other trees below :
(from left to right:Bougainvillea,carob tree,malus,cork oak,stewartia)
(fagus , acer campestris, larch, spruce, wisteria )
( azalea malus fagus cork oak fagus )
( azalea cork oak cork oak cork oak carob tree ).
I hope you remarked the very nice quality and choice of pots ,it has been a great pleasure to see fine tastes of Valerio choosing this difficult material .Now i want show you the "pre-bonsai or Potensai" pieces of Valerio Gianotti , i leave you judge if they are so :
Above many black pines,junipers,mugo pine hooked cultivar.
We leave this first piedmontese bonsai grower with the last pictures of him near his trees in training ,that can give you a good perspective of tree thickness .
We cannot go away without to remember that a good Italian bonsaist has always a small spot for some suiseki .Another thing i would like to add ,please remember the style of Valerio Gianotti ,the following piedmontese bonsaist Massimo Bandera has another vision of bonsai and that reflects in his trees .