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Adair M

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2013, 08:09 PM »
tlam,

Take a look at the JBP that Matsu is working on in his avatar pic.  I worked on that tree at the last Intensive at Boon's.  I pulled needles, and trimmed back candles down to two twigs at each terminal tip.  It took me every bit of 4 hours.  And for the last hour, I had someone else helping me.

We didn't even try to wire it.  We left that for the next class of Intensive students.

John Kirby and/or Matsu has probably wired the monster.  I'm guessing it would take at least a day.  Maybe two.  (Boon can do it a lot faster than I can!)

But, that gives you an idea of how long it takes to properly care for the trees that are really developed.
 

Don Dunn

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2013, 08:43 PM »
John Callaway
What is  Andy's Burlap Bonanza? I have seen it mentioned a couple of times but do not know what or where it is? Maybe you can enlighten me a bit?
 

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2013, 08:48 PM »
Andy Smith offers recently collected trees each spring at very affordable prices.

http://www.goldenarrowbonsai.com/goldenarrowbonsai.com/Burlap_Bonanza_Pg7.html
 

mcpesq817

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #18 on: January 25, 2013, 09:55 AM »
When I first started, I heard from someone that Colin Lewis recommended that you get rid of 3 trees every time you add 1 to your collection (or something to that effect).  I thought that was crazy back then.  Now, I think that i excellent advice :D
 

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2013, 04:37 AM »
Wrench in the works -

there are no inferior trees, just inferior designs.

Even if you have to return to a stump and roots, or add on branches by grafts, just time needed to do.

This is why you need Art training in design so badly in Bonsai.
Good Morning.
Anthony
 

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2013, 10:40 AM »
Thuan,
I guess it's been about 6-7 years now since I started being a vendor at the Bonsai-A-Thon and various conventions and doing this has enabled me to dispose of a lot of my neglected trees and you'd be surprised how the old adage..."one man's trash is another man's treasure"....really works.  The rule I used was simple.  I looked around in my collection and if I had not worked on a tree for more than 2 years plus or minus then it was a candidate for the vendor table.  Right now I don't even remember any of the trees I've sold.  If you don't remember them means no regrets.  Of course in the process I did acquire some trees I didn't have but in the end the absolute number of trees went down.  Now when that happens and assuming you don't have any more time to spend on your trees, well the time you do spend per tree goes up and oila...your remaining trees get better!  LK's rule really does work.....only acquire a new tree if it is better than anything you already have.  The other decision you must make to better your collection is to "show" trees.  When you do that it forces you to work on the trees for them to be displayed and it gives you a goal to work towards.  I belong to 6 clubs and try to show a tree at every club show.  That does mean I can't attend every club meeting right? ggblai
 

thuan L.

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Re: Upgrading one's collection
« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2013, 02:13 AM »
lol and a beautiful collection you have Gary!

Anthony I suppose your right but I lack patience... which is really horrible considering I study bonsai!

mcpesq that sounds like great advice!