What's Bill been up to? (In video!) / by Gwil Evans

Our friend Gil Hartl, president of the industrial manufacturer, Linn Gear, in Lebanon, Oregon, provides us each year with a beautiful company calendar. The calendar is displayed just inside the door of our workshop. This year, I committed to populating each calendar grid with notes on that day’s projects here at Momiji-en. I had not appreciated just how rewarding those notes would be.

Looking back over 2017, almost every day has notes and, taken together, they are a valuable record of the order in which we attended to plant materials. When did we prune arborvitae hedges? Or convex holly tamamono? Or pine trees? Or hinoki cypress? And so forth.

As I made daily notes, I became ever more aware that what Bill was engaged in deserved capture. Beyond the calendar, there were photographic opportunities, too, so I kept a Nikon handy in the workshop where it was easy to grab the camera to document Bill at work.

Then the eclipse came along in August. That event prompted me to employ our wonderful Sony HD video camera that had been sidelined for too long (simply by my inattention). After its use capturing the marvelous eclipse events at Momiji-en, I found myself re-engaged with creating video. And what better use than documenting that which is right at hand. I’ve thought of my video theme as: “What’s Bill been up to?”

Now that cool, wet weather has set in, I’ve turned to Final Cut Pro for editing the video I shot of Bill at work in late summer and early autumn. It was my pleasure to share with friends on Thanksgiving an early edit of “Evolving the karesansui garden.” It’s a six-minute story of how Bill changed the design of the foreground we see from our garden room. I invite you to see the more-refined final version. It’s at:

Evolving the karesansui garden

(Best viewed on a computer or tablet. And full screen—once Vimeo opens, click the little symbol in the lower right corner of the movie screen.)

And I solicit your thoughts after you’ve seen it. That’s my reward!