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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Wharp 9

The 2007 Topponds Koi Expo attracted visitors from all over the UK. A genuine buzz developed as visitors chatted with Bill & Maureen McGurk and reviewed photos of Purdin Koi.

Drawing special attention were the selection of Tosai, all the Koi were born in April 2007 and in addition to impressive growth, the size ranging from 28cm to an amazing 40cm, the quality of the Koi is amazing.

Its always difficult to try and get an impression of quality from a photo, but having seen all these Koi first hand we can confirm that they really really are every bit as good as they look. Bill & Maureen also used the opportunity to extend a warm invitation to Koi enthusiasts worldwide to visit the farm and see the Koi first hand.

Major development works are planned for 2008 designed to further extend the existing impressive Purdin facilities including a purpose built indoor Momotaro style holding pond for the brood Koi, and a visitor centre, but more of that later.

In the meantime check out some of the bets of the Tosai below and visit the purdin site and check all their sale Koi out – www.koiforsale.com

Scott Purdin really is in wharp 9 and we cant wait to see how the Koi develop!

PS also couldnt resist including our favourite Nissai Kohaku

Purdin Koi Pics

Sunday, December 2, 2007


Part of the reason that Koi Art is a bit like marmite is that a good number of artists who paint Koi simply arnt Koi people. The result is often stilted and without flow or form. The cumulative result of this is often a respectful but audible silent groan when the entire topic of koi art is mentioned, and It has to be said with some justification!

Ocassionally however there emerges an genuine exponent who gets it right. Anne Read is one such person. Her self effacing warm, straight speaking nature combines with a genuine talent and affinity for all things animal to deliver a unique perspective - there is much more to this lady than any of her numerous individual 'hats' might outwardly lead you to believe.

Anne hasn't really produced much in the last few years, but recently rediscovered her inspiration so we decided to pop over to visit her at her Cedar Lodge Koi home to see what she'd come up with. Koi people will all know what the Picasso Sanke is, but for those not as old as me, its Peter Watermans famous Sanke that blew everyone away in the early 1990's.

Anne has created a wonderful representation of this awesome Koi, along with my pal Scott's Purdin's sublime Sansai Kohaku that won the recent Koi America dealers section and is now owned by Dan Phillips. What also caught my eye among others is a seriously creative multi-canvas Kohaku work which is totally amazing. Anyway as is often remarked talk is cheap, so dont take my word for, Anne's collection will be premiered 8th & 9th December at the Topponds Koi expo event in Golborne, each work is an original there will be no prints and once they are sold they are sold, so if you get chance drop in and take a look for yourself.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Gumbo Jumbo

As the Koi breeding envelope continues to be challenged and some of the most impressive Koi ever seen emerge from Japan, there is something very serious brewing a lot closer to home. We all know that producing high class Koi is difficult. Producing good Koi is hard enough but producing high class Koi that have the potential to grow seriously large as well - represents the ultimate challenge for the world’s leading Koi breeders.

Hiroshima Sakai, Momotaro, and other have made some seriously impressive progress in this regard and we all remember Tim Waddington’s awesome posts of Hiroi Seiji’s monster Tosai, the quality of the company of masters working on this holy grail make the work of Louisiana’s very own Koi Breeder the unique Scott Purdin, even more remarkable.

It’s often easy to dismiss the work of non Japanese Koi breeders but I have to tell you, heads up guys dismiss this one at your peril. Having followed the sometimes excruciating, but never faltering efforts of my friend for more than fifteen years I really do think its time for the Koi world to wake up to what’s going on in its own back yard. Not only are the Koi being produced by Purdin Koi Farm good - they are seriously good, but as I often remark talk is cheap so check out some of these Koi which were all born in April 2007 (yes April 2007) they range in size from 28cm to 40cm and are well worth a look-see.

Add to this the fact that the entire farm is virus free, in fact the brood Koi have no new additions for several generations and its no wonder why Koi folks like the seriously wily Mac McCreavey showed up during my recent visit to check out the Koi. I’ll leave Mac to tell you what he thought and the photos to speak for themselves. We all know pictures are fun but the only way to see these Koi is up close and personal, and for most of us…….Louisiana is a lot closer than Japan!!

Get your dollar ready Jim.


Cascade in Japan

Dave Dyson Cascade head honcho is currently ravaging southern Japan in pursuit of the best Ogata Koi available for Cascade customers in the UK. Dave visits at least twice a year to consolidate and develop Cascades hard won reputation for high grade Koi.

November is especially exciting as this is the time of year when Ogata's larger Koi are available. This is a small sample of what's coming home to Bury and Harrogate in the next few weeks - check them out!OGATA KOI FARM was established in 1972 and for more than 30 years has been producing some of the finest Koi anywhere in the world. Located in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture in the south west of Japan. Ogata Koi are one of the most successful Koi brands in the industry, with an established distributor network spanning the globe.

What’s interesting is that not only do Ogata produce Koi in virtually all varieties, this selection has not only NOT compromised the quality, but its actually enhanced it.Consider that volume Koi production isn’t just about producing vast numbers of Koi, rather the volume production actually increases the numbers of high grade Koi available. This is reflected in the Go Sanke Koi produced by Ogata who won the grand champion in the ALL JAPAN TOKYO KOI SHOW in 1989 and since then increasing sales not only in Japan but also all over the Koi world, and in 2006 and beyond the export business is a fundamentally important part of the Ogata business.

The founder, Manabu Ogata was born on Feb.11,1955 in Kurume-City. After graduating high school. He joined IZUMIYA KOI FARM for training in Ojiya-City in Niigata. He returned to Kurume after 6years training and established OGATA KOI FARM. He has been breeding koi since then. Dave Dyson has been visiting Ogata for many years to select Koi for both his Bury and Harrogate Cascade stores and the 2007 collection is better than ever