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Joshua Hanzman

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Source- the fountain of youth is something I'll always be searching for, but, I think our trees have already found it! Theoretically, we are their fountain of youth are we not!? As they can live an unknown amount of time if cared for properly!?

 To answer your question, I am still in my twenties, so forty years puts me in my sixties, and hopefully, with efficient choices in watering and feeding myself and my trees, I may have a few good years with them left after that! I've been thinking about bwaynef' s thread since yesterday, and have realized a few other choices I've made almost completely because of my love for nature and bonsai.

1) I have chosen to concentrate on the few species I truly love and master them (chojubai is far and away my favorite and I wish nothing more than to create a cultivar from it)

 2) I have decided to settle on chemical engineering to concentrate my knowledge on heat and mass transfer to hopefully build an efficient nursery one day (i was an economist before this and despised my job on the PHLX)     

3) I'm trying to build a bonsai soil business so I can have some angle with which to benefit myself and the bonsai community

4) I work out so I can have the strength to carry massive yamadori down the mountains (and have good years beyond my 60's to enjoy my trees!!)

5) I volunteer at a local garden (DeepCut in Holmdel) to bring their collection back to it's original splendor, learn and practice on old specimen bonsai and also identify local enthusiasts.

6) I'm attempting to find a long-term teacher with which I can further my design and horticulture knowledge

Source this is what I mean by thinking in terms of efficiency, what angle can I throw the rock to hit as many birds as possible.

What I'd like to know is, what am I missing here, what aspect can I pick up on to further my efficiency? What did I leave out, what else should I think about to foster a good future in bonsai?

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Joshua Hanzman

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Re: Re: Response to questions and my own questions about specializations
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2013, 12:14 PM »
Rereading your post Sorce, I do see what you mean- that some things I do that instinctively feel efficient may in fact be bad for my trees. My first thought is that this is where species specialisation and knowledge will play a big role. Once I learn what works for the species I plan to work with, I can hopefully avoid making these mistakes. Until that time, I tend to push the limit on young relatively unimportant trees to me (in an attempt to learn their boundaries) and err on the side of caution for older high potential trees and do less than I think is possible.

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Re: Response to questions and my own questions about specializations
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2013, 01:40 PM »
I see where you are coming from. We are their fountain of youth. We just want them to look old. I figure that water will prevent that.

Going Bonsai has made me more concerned with health just to see them later! In the other thread I spoke of trees telling stories of us. This is proof the woman-man - tree relationship is truly two sided. We do help each other.

I said before you are headed for great things. Further proved. And honestly, I'm only 34, and a 2 year rookie to Bonsai, when I was telling you not to drill that Juni, I was thinking, " I hope he drills it!"   Or we will never know.

As far as the older trees. I think it was Ryan Neil who learned and taught me, if we don't take each tree to its limits, it will not be happy, and we will not be successful, or as successful as we could have been.

I understand how pushing the limits now, will make it easier for us to keep those old trees alive, after taking them to their limit.

When I worked on steel I listened to it. Some may think that is absurd, but it works. Even more so for trees.

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Re: Response to questions and my own questions about specializations
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2013, 02:04 PM »
This is some straight Mr miyagi stuff
 

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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2013, 04:04 PM »
Baha, fyi that is most DEFINITELY the first time I've ever heard someone mention karate kid when i talk about bonsai...

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