My trees are still alive.
I’ve had many bonsai. Many people I know have had many bonsai. But mine are still alive.
When I was young, maybe 5th grade, I was mesmerized by the miniature trees on a cart at the mall. I convinced my parents that I needed them and one by one, over the course of several months, I killed approximately 6 trees. Like any normal person I gave up. There are plenty of beautiful paintings in the world, skyscrapers, and gourmet meals. I can enjoy them without having to be an artist, architect, or chef (though I was professionally for a couple years) so why take the extra effort to create something when I could just enjoy it? I think that the true enjoyment of any craft ignites one’s own desire to create. It certainly does for me; and it’s why at the age of 25 I went back to my local nursery just to look at the tiny trees and ended up walking out with one in my hand.
An action or event serving as an introduction to something more important.
My work with my own trees as well as the start of this blog is my prelude to bonsai. I wouldn’t call the trees I have now bonsai. But I hope that my work now will be the action serving as an introduction to something more important.
I want this blog to do 2 things. First, it will tell you my story so far. The things I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, and discoveries I’ve stumbled upon. Second, I want you to be able to use this as a reference. Over the course of the past year I’ve been scouring the internet for answers. There is a great deal of garbage out there. People who will give you the wrong advice, the wrong techniques, and will leave you with a stick in a pot. There are also many people who are genuine experts, or more importantly, have the drive to be and are humble enough to say they are not. I will do my best to show you the best possible websites, blogs, and videos I’ve encountered. I’ve only been doing this for a year and have no professional experience. What I can do is save you a year of searching for the people who do.