The Year of the Upgrades

Bonsai people tend to get a bit carried away with things. It seems to be in the nature of bonsaists. We end up with too many trees, too many pots, go too hard on a collecting trip and need to take a quick “nappy” (this sounds very specific but nevermind), etc. We all seem toContinue reading “The Year of the Upgrades”

I Think I’ve Become a Potter?

A couple of years ago I decided to get into pottery. In typical fashion, I just decided to go all-in with no second-thought. I scoured Facebook Marketplace for a kiln for a few months, and when I finally came across a perfect kiln at a good price, I decided to purchase it on the spot.Continue reading “I Think I’ve Become a Potter?”


This has been a tough year in my bonsai adventure. Towards the end of last year, I felt like I was starting to get to a point where I was comfortably competent in my skillset. Repotting has become second-nature, I’ve mostly memorized seasonal maintenance timings, my wiring is where I wanted it to be, andContinue reading “Bugpocalypse..”

Visiting Black Dodge Bonsai

There are three major parts to visiting Black Dodge Bonsai.  There is the man, the art, and the goods.  I know that everyone wants to hear about the goods, but I’m saving that for last so that you listen to why you really need to make a stop there. Black Dodge Bonsai is a twoContinue reading “Visiting Black Dodge Bonsai”

Collecting Trees: Prelude

My goal is to learn every aspect of bonsai. I want to learn the art, the horticulture, the specifics of every tree that I can get my hands on, the patience, and finally collecting. Collecting is what’s on my mind right now. Collecting is a massive topic and is considered controversial sometimes. In my headContinue reading “Collecting Trees: Prelude”

The Student of the Copper Wire : The Two Trees

This weekend marks the first trees that I have ever fully wired in copper wire. I subscribe to Mirai Live (Ryan Neil’s training site) for the majority of my training, and another viewer commented that they are afraid of copper wire and always use aluminum wire because it is so much easier to work withContinue reading “The Student of the Copper Wire : The Two Trees”

Create a Bonsai: Wire Theory and Application

So you purchased (or placed) a tree in a pot.. Now what? Depending on the season of the year, the type of tree, and the health of the tree, the fastest and most satisfying answer may be to put wire on the branches, and to form the branches into the shapes that you are envisioning.Continue reading “Create a Bonsai: Wire Theory and Application”