Indestructible hand made solid steel pots

Hey everybody check these out. They are the first of many I think. I love working with steel it makes everything better.
I really like these pots they are made from 3/8" steel. They weigh in at over 20lbs each. I enjoy the color and texture.
What do you think?





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I think I need to get in the gym if I’m going to put a tree in one… seriously tho, bad a** looking pots.

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Thank you I’m glad you like them.

Wow, the one on the left looks great.

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Thanks. In which picture?

In the first one, the heavier one

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The inside beads on the rectangle are pretty even…
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Try a 1/4", rectangle. Will it warp? Cool in between beads…
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Run an even decorative bead along the top edge for a hang over lip, dont grind it… and 1/2" stacked bead scollop feet… though, they will oxidize differently than the body…
Harbour Freight has a cheep sandblaster. Would clean up and leave an interesting initial durface to rust…
Just some ideas…

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I love the shapes, but… I’d be really concerned about the rate of heat transfer using a steel container. And the directionality of the heat would be very local. A ceramic container or a natural stone absorbs and gives off heat much more slowly and more evenly.
Just my .02

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Considering the esthetics only… I would try them. I like the rusty metal look. Maybe for show transplanting only?
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I would have to try 3 or 4 cheep trees in these pots over several years. Look at the survival and root growth pattern.
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Keep em out of the direct sun over 80F, and really protect from freezing in winter. The cold transfer would be a fast killer, too.
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I only have one cast iron pot. No holes. Never considered it for show pot…:thinking:

Cast iron is pretty easy to drill if you need some holes.

I don’t know if there has ever been much use in bonsai but cast iron planters have been in use for a very long time around the world.

Zoda Zoda…
Ya… but I hate to destroy a valuable antique…
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Not convinced cast / iron pots are a good idea YET…, and, I have way to many good looking ceramic pots.

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That is pretty was it not intended to be a bonsai pot?

I asked Ryan about steel containers during todays q&a March 17 218. He said they have been using afew at mirai and have even done soil testing and have found no problems. He called it a new frontier for bonsai containers.

Im interested in the asthetics. I would NOT be concerned about iron and other metal ions leaching out and hurting the tree.
I WOULD be concerned about sun heat transfer., and cold trsnsfer.
108F one day last summer. -12 F two winters ago. Both have been deadly the last two winters / summers.
60% Sun screan in summer; and heavy winter storage cover has always been good up untill now…
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Ya, my iron pot would look stuning as a display pot…
So would the welded pots above…