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Yenling83

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I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« 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?   
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #1 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
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2012, 08:11 PM »
Trip to Japan. I'm going to need more money and a bigger suitcase.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #3 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.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #4 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?
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #5 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.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2012, 10:36 AM »
I'm with Judy, I'd prob. spend the money on intensives with someone. 
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #7 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!
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #8 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.   
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #9 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. 
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #10 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
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #11 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.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #12 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.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #13 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.
 

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Re: I give you $3,000 for Bonsai
« Reply #14 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.