This page is important to me because it’s half of what this site is about. Never before have I had a hobby that needed so many different products, with success or failure tied so closely to those products, and so little information about exactly what products to use and where to get them. Running, cooking, writing, even photography don’t compare. In bonsai using the wrong steps or products kills your trees.
When I began bonsai I was between jobs. Money was tight and I had heard the pitch that bonsai could be affordable, and you didn’t have to have fancy tools to do it.
I had to ration out any purchases at all. Which made it all the more irritating as I wasted time and money I didn’t have buying the wrong products. These wrong products made me unsuccessful, irritated, and discouraged. I watched my attempted trees die repeatedly. Over time I felt a bit snowed. Every advanced practitioner, every hobbyist I knew actually certainly had plenty of tools, wire, and resources of all kinds of stuff to do their bonsai. But even when I did buy something, it turned out to be the wrong thing.
Not long ago I heard a bonsai professional say in passing about bonsai “well, you get out of it what you put into it.” He was referring to another hobbyist who needed help getting some trees back to good health. That’s the thing, I never wanted to give up my day job. Didn’t even want to dedicate a full weekend day every month to the craft. I’m committed to the quest to making a respectable bonsai with less time, money, and space and having everything you need to know to do that in one place.
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