I was going to comment earlier, but decided not to ask in your thread. But now that you brought it up....what was Ted's perceived idea about cutting back? I would have cut a lot of those stubs back much shorter. I think in future years you will be kicking yourself in the butt that you didn't cut them back more when you have built secondary and tertiary growth on lose long straight stubs????? Then you can start all over again.....I also think he was gauging my willingness to cut the tree back ??.
Now that is something I have never heard. I do not understand it at all???I believe he was looking at the growth internode on the trunk and trying to match the length of it in the cut back.
?? Snowflake that I am!Ted probably didn’t want to tell you this, figuring your feelings would get hurt.
Sam is great! I have several olives he started.@Adair M Sorry Adair I did not see this or I would have replied sooner. It is great information and very easy for me to understand! I will definitely be using it on my other trees.
I have been very lucky I think in my short 3 year bonsai journey. I found Bnut, I joined the Phoenix Bonsai Society, and I have had the opportunity to go to 4 different workshops put on by some fairly well known bonsai artists from out west: David Nguy, Sam Adina, and Ted Matson. I have two trees that I worked with David on the 1st styling , 1 tree that Sam Adina and I worked on (is a trunk chop a style? ) and now a tree that Ted Matson and I worked on . That is pretty good for a newbie I believe. Some people never get the chance to work with a sensei. All three had a vision for the tree in the future and it is my hope that I can, with my very limited abilities, try and get those trees there without drastically deviating from their initial vision. Will things go south....more than likely! But that is my hope.
Sam was at the first (and second!) Intensive I took with Boon. He was finishing up the program when I was just starting. He helped me finish pulling the needles on Godzilla. He was wiring one of Boon’s personal trees, a fabulous JBP during my first Intensive.Sam is great! I have several olives he started.
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