Sean Smith is a resident of Marysville, Pennsylvania, where he owns and operates Custom Oriental Wood-craft. He has an extensive background in carpentry. In addition, for more than twenty years he has had a passion for bonsai and suiseki. Sean combined his interests in 1994 and established his business – Custom Oriental Wood-craft, where he makes bonsai display tables and carves daiza for renowned bonsai and suiseki enthusiasts all over the world.
He has lectured on suiseki, as well as bonsai, in the United States and Europe. He is internationally known for his skills in bonsai and suiseki and has garnered many awards in both fi elds.
In 2001, Mr. Arishige Matsuura, President of the Japanese Suiseki Association, proclaimed Sean the number one daiza carver outside of Japan.
In 2003, Sean was the fi rst American to exhibit an American Suiseki in the Japanese National Suiseki Show at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2004 Sean was asked by Senji Morimae to visit Japan to study bonsai and suiseki at his nursery located outside Tokyo. Sean now spends several weeks a year continuing his studies with Morimae-san.
In 2005 he was invited to study Zen in Daitokuji-in, at the sub temple of Hoshyu-in in Kyoto, Japan. Sean also studied daiza carving in Hamamatsu, Japan, with Japan’s leading daiza carver, Mr. Koji Suzuki. Sean was his fi rst and only student.
Sean is also a contributing editor of the North American Viewing Stone Society, and the International Stone Appreciation Society and a member of the Nippon Suiseki Association, European Suiseki, and past president of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sean is also a director on the National Bonsai Federation in Washington D.C.