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Ordering and Shipping

    I can now process credit cards, online, or over the phone. Trees, stones and driftwood are all one-of-a-kind, so e-mail, or call 605-342-4467 before ordering to make sure the item is still available.

    After confirming your order I will e-mail you an invoice with the total amount. You can then pay the invoice with your credit card, or through Paypal, or by sending a check or money order to: Golden Arrow Bonsai, 22473 Alpine Acres Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732. Payments by mail must be received within 10 days.

    I ship almost all trees by FedEx ground. Standard post is a good, affordable option Sept thru April. Very large specimens are shipped by truck. Tools, Wire, Pots, Books and DVDs go standard post. I ship trees year-round, except when the temperature is below zero or over 100 F. The trees travel very well. After unpacking they should be watered and put in a bright location, but not in full sun, for a few days to adjust to their new conditions. After that they can be put in their normal spot.

    My Guarantee: Any tree can be returned for a full refund within 14 days of delivery. The tree has to be in the condition it arrived in and you cannot have repotted, pruned, or wired it. There is no refund on shipping costs.

Moss on a cedar
Bonsai is a wonderful art, hobby, and a quest for beauty, that takes it’s inspiration from nature. The beauty and wild feeling of an  ancient forest tree are recreated in a small space where it can be carefully tended and developed for years, decades and even centuries.
Look at the wild trunks on this ancient juniper and limber pine! Only century after century of incredibly harsh conditions can create character like this.
Some of the most desirable trees to use for creating a bonsai are specimens collected from nature that may already be quite old and show the distinctive character and charm that comes with a long and relentless struggle to survive. Golden Arrow Bonsai
specializes in transplanting wild trees for bonsai training from the rugged mountains of the American west. Transplanting trees for bonsai, with a valid permit, is legal on select locations throughout the west. The photo above shows a 150-200 year old ponderosa pine growing on a rock outcrop in the Black Hills. Only a small percentage of such trees are in a situation that will allow them to be transplanted.
A clump-style pine group that I like more and more. Collected in 2008, it’s coming along nicely. The height of the tallest tree is 42”.
Here’s a mame-size Western Red currant. Age would be +/- 20 years. The eggshell pot is by Dave Lowman.
(Right) A large and very old Doug fir, collected in 2007 and styled in early spring 2011. After the foliage fills out it will be moved into a more appropriate pot.
One of my favorite old Black Hills spruce, which is probably my favorite species for bonsai. This specimen, collected in 1998, is 175-200 years old. A favorite stone of mine is shown as well.
Common juniper can make fantastic bonsai. This specimen was collected in 2006. the trunk and deadwood are great. Estimated age would be about 175 years.
Andrew Smith, Golden Arrow Bonsai, 22473 Alpine Acres Dr., Deadwood, SD 57732. 605-342-4467.
Fresh from the mountain, a tiny ponderosa pine shows great potential for the future.
Judy and Woodlin on a collecting trip with me in  2003. Woodlin was very excited by the adventure and decided he had to collect (with some help) the pine at his lower left.
The same tree in 2012. I can’t say he’s hooked, yet, but he hasn’t forgotten about it either. I recently helped him restyle and repot it. Pot by Dave Lowman.
(above) A very small, but old, ponderosa pine cascade.

(left) A very tall (like a tree!) Black Hills spruce. Collected in 2002. Age +/- 175 years.
A multi-trunk style Englemann spruce I collected at about 11,000’ in Wyoming. It’s in a pot by Sara Raynor. I really like this tree, though it still has a lot of development to do.
(left) An ancient and quite large Rocky Mountain juniper I collected in 2008. I did the initial wiring in the spring of 2011. Next step will be to get it into a smaller pot. Estimated age would be around 800 years.
Final word: Remember, if it ain’t fun, it ain’t bonsai!