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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Yenling83 on August 09, 2012, 07:53 PM

Title: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Yenling83 on August 09, 2012, 07:53 PM
Heres' the rules.  I give you $3,000 and you have to spend it in the next three months.  You have to spend all $3,000 and it has to be on all Bonsai related things-Trees, Pots, Tools, Lessons, Education, Trips, Books, etc. Any money you don't spend will self destruct at the end of three months.  What are some of the things you would spend it on?   
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: cbobgo on August 09, 2012, 08:01 PM
I would get 2 or 3 really awesome yamadori pre-bonsai stock - California or Utah Junipers, most likely.

- bob
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 09, 2012, 08:11 PM
Trip to Japan. I'm going to need more money and a bigger suitcase.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Elliott on August 10, 2012, 01:55 AM
yup, same for me. Japan!! my bonsai teacher took a couple of us from our study group on a private tour of several nurseries and a Bonsai museum his sempai runs. I couldn't afford to go. I have never been, and from what I hear, you can't fully appreciate Bonsai unless you go to the mother land.
 Good question.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Judy on August 10, 2012, 08:04 AM
I think I'd see how much an intensive class would be here in the states, I imagine that I might have enough money left over for a tree that way.   ;)

Yenling, what would you do with it?
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: John Kirby on August 10, 2012, 08:05 AM
Let's see, a few pots ought to do it. Last weekend it was a Keizan, a Shozan, a Shouzan, a Maru-Hei and a little Chinese antique - that would have covered three big bills.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Chrisl on August 10, 2012, 10:36 AM
I'm with Judy, I'd prob. spend the money on intensives with someone. 
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Adair M on August 10, 2012, 11:53 AM
Well, yesterday, I dropped $500 plus for some new tools, one of which was a REALLY good grafting knife.

And, I AM going to Boon's intensive class this fall.  The airfare and hotel add to that expense.  Hmm... I may have $500 left to buy some material to use my new skills/tools on!
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Yenling83 on August 10, 2012, 03:28 PM

For anyone that said Intensives, they are well under $3,000 and you should save your pennies and go for it!  I will be going in next Spring, if anyone wants to split a motel room pm me to save some extra $.  Good job signing up Adair, you won't regret it! 

If I had an extra 3k, I'd take a trip to Japan as well and do the short term apprentice program with Mr. Tanaka and Peter Tea.  I'd use any extra $ to buy pots.   
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Yenling83 on August 10, 2012, 03:37 PM
I would get 2 or 3 really awesome yamadori pre-bonsai stock - California or Utah Junipers, most likely.

- bob


Utah hu?  you don't hear people wanting these all that much.  I only have one and it has really weepy foliage-however you can graft these.  If I was looking to buy collected material with 3k i'd take a trip up to Portland and see Rany Knight. 
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: cbobgo on August 10, 2012, 05:11 PM
I already own a bunch of Randy's trees, and I'm sure I will buy more in the future.  But right now I'm looking for junipers.  Just got back from a trip to Utah and the junipers there were amazing.

I actually just found your blog yesterday, and sent you an email last night - if you ever need a busy to join you on a collecting trip let me know.

- bob
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: tmmason10 on August 11, 2012, 11:22 AM
My 3k would definitely be spent on lessons or intensives. It be nice to buy a bunch of specimen material but I first need to learn how to take care of them first.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Dwight on August 11, 2012, 04:52 PM
I'd go with Chris and Judy. Especially to International Bonsai Mira if he offers them. That gets you to Randy's place too.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: JDNeessen on August 11, 2012, 10:50 PM
I'd definitely take an intensive course.  If I had any money left over after hotel, course fees, and airfare I would buy some really good stock trees to practice on after the intensive course.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: John Kirby on August 12, 2012, 09:00 AM
As someone who has done the Bonsai Intensive series with Boon, I would strongly recommend an immersion program. Pick one, stick with it, and move forward. One point, the first session will be eyeopening, the really gains come from the sequential and repetitive task learning model.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: edro on August 12, 2012, 09:07 PM
A $3000 JBP from Kimura's collection.
It would probably be one of his worst trees for $3k.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Larry Gockley on August 12, 2012, 10:54 PM
I'll tell you what. Give me the $3,000, and we'll talk about it. ::)
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Adair M on August 13, 2012, 12:32 AM
I'm really looking toward to the Intensive with Boon.

I'm afraid that after I go there, I'll realize that I've been wasting my time with my inferior stock.

Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: GastroGnome on August 14, 2012, 12:31 AM
I'd smuggle.  LOL.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Owen Reich on August 14, 2012, 06:27 PM
I would buy good pots and stands (rare shapes and styles).  Some bonsai are just hard to find a good stand for.    That or coerce a Japanese grafting pro to show me some new tricks and learn about different after-care approaches.  A couple of expensive bottles of booze may also work for the latter.

Taking classes is a wonderful idea.  The investment that keeps on giving. 
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: bigDave on August 14, 2012, 11:30 PM
I'd smuggle.  LOL.

okay buster now you are banned

just kidding ..smuggle .eh...how
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: JRob on August 20, 2012, 01:13 PM
For $3000 I'd bring in two bonsai masters to critique my collection of trees with me.When they have left I destroy all my inferior trees keep they ones they said had potiental and never look back.

JRob
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Adair M on August 20, 2012, 01:24 PM
JRob,

I'll do it for half price!  I'll tell you which trees have potential, and carry the inferior ones off with me!
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: dre on September 22, 2012, 09:14 PM
i would sign up to work with ryan neil hands down the 3k spent on education is something that will go farther than pot or tree you can buy
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Sorce on November 07, 2012, 05:14 AM
I would spend half of it bribing the folks at YouTube to remove all the "instructional" videos posted by amateurs  ???  and give the other 1500 to Owen and Bjorn to produce another outtakes video! Speaking of teabags!  :o :o

I take that back, those "instructional" videos serve as good reminders of what NOT to do. Give it all to Owen for another Tea Bag reference.

Seriously though, I would buy the Bonsai Art of Japan Series DVD. Hint, hint. And clue,clue, spend the other 2985$ on soil components and tools.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: nathanbs on November 07, 2012, 12:16 PM
sweet so they are coming out with a Bonsai Art of Japan DVD for $15?!?! Sign me up ;)
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: Owen Reich on November 07, 2012, 08:18 PM
I don't think it would be $15  ;).  If you'd like another teabag reference, Steven Colbert just had one last week  ;D.  Bet Donald Trump was pissed....

New parody episode in the works.
Title: Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
Post by: GastroGnome on November 17, 2012, 02:00 AM
I'm going to Japan next summer with a bunch of bonsai buddies, on a tour and pot buying jaunt, I have or have access to all the pots I could want for a tenth of value....given the three grand today, I'd buy great quality stock in Japan, and begin arrangements to have it brought over, with Dave, or Brussell, or Jim Doyle.  3 grand goes a looooong way in unfinished stock in Japan, even online without visiting...I could get 20 really nice, really large, professionally shaped trunks for that, or 3 world class deciduous bonsai, or 2 world class conifers...and by the time they're ready to come over, I'd have saved enough to pay up boarding and import.