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Owen Reich

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Private Message Requests for Information
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:58 AM »
Hello All,
in an effort to be more productive and helpful to those seeking bonsai knowledge and experience, I would encourage all of you who contact me to utilize this forum (which is excellent) to get your question and concerns addressed here.  I feel it is a benefit to the whole community to use this site as opposed to one-off answers.  People support this forum because it is for the greater good.  Checking the backlogs of post can be really helpful too as your questions may have "already been answered".

If you are concerned about something and do not want to share it with the masses, hire a professional to come and visit your collection. 

Then you have their undivided attention and can also get more accurate assessments made.  The more experienced people who contribute this site read everything almost daily (at least I do) and the lurkers with experience weigh in to call "bull-shit" from time to time as well. 

If you do not receive the answer within a day or do not like the opinion provided, that is fine.  Nobody is being paid here.  This is not directed at any specific person as this forum is seen by many. 

One final comment would be that questions should be accompanied with photos that note the area you are seeking advice on and specific questions are far better than very general ones.

 

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Re: Private Message Requests for Information
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 12:20 PM »
Owen, not trying to hijack your thread but, if individuals would take the time and list  in their PROFILE their (general) location and USDA grow zone, it would be helpful to anyone reading the post. As an example, just saying California doesn't help...there are several differing growing areas, also just saying USDA zone 4 does not always give the full picture, zone 4 in the Pacific Northwest is different than zone 4 in the northeast.

And no.... I am not an expert nor a professional. Just trying to help
Jay
 

Owen Reich

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Re: Private Message Requests for Information
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 12:48 AM »
Thank you for that comment.  We (both pros and practitioners alike) often request that new members post that information to better assist them.  You didn't hijack the thread at all; that is a great thing to reiterate.  I'm just another member of this forum interested in improving peoples' understanding and enjoyment of bonsai  :).  The private requests defeat the purpose of my involvement here.
 

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Re: Private Message Requests for Information
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 05:33 PM »
Owen,

I thought I might share this with you. In the early days of the Internet when Trinidad entered [ 1997 or so ] those us who are trained professionals, wondered where all this information sharing was going to go.

From my brother-in-law -
"A  very large Art forum opened in 1999 and was at first filled with true professionals who were generous, after 3 years most left and made their way to private forums on Art.
Today, most have left the Internet completely."
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The reason was - too much free anything - so though I think you are really generous, I would caution you about sharing all that you had to pay for, for free.

In our little island world, we watched for the rotating of the Bonsai [ alla youtube ] and immediately got an answer with regards to density of branchlets, and how our soil mix held up, and aged.
All the video folk had to do was rotate the specimen and the answer was there.
Photos are flat and one eyed, so density is difficult to judge.

I am not sure how Bonsai professionals will survive in the next few years as more and more practices / secrets are revealed and the freeness continues.

On our side again, we have a plague of Bonsai masters who learnt what very little they know to sell. It is a self consuming practice.

So please be careful how much you choose to share, as it had to paid for, in more than just $$$.

That said, the guys here have been very generous and I have tried to not ask too much, as it is coming from their teacher, and he has to live as well.
The artists from the various Florentine ateliers, took a spoken vow to not reveal what is taught, because their former teachers have to live as well.
Good Day
Anthony