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The Dark Paths of Apprentices

The Dark Paths of Apprentices

May 16, 2019

This is an update on the Dark Paths thread initiated in the last post. I overheard a conversation which was quite clearly a conspiracy, though it was in sotto voce and I was likely intended to hear it. My two apprentices, both disgustingly young, were plotting to take my scissors away at the first indication […]

New Apprentice: John Eads

New Apprentice: John Eads

May 4, 2019

Another has joined our growing list of indentured servants at Crataegus Bonsai, following the path well laid by Bobby Curttright and Andrew Robson. Bobby has since started his business in Portland, OR and Andrew is in his last month before freedom. John can feed you. He’s run a successful wood-fired pizza food cart in Portland […]

Review: Bonsai Empire Advanced Bonsai Course 2

Review: Bonsai Empire Advanced Bonsai Course 2

April 23, 2019

In short, they keep getting better. These joint courses from Bonsai Empire and Bjorn Bjorholm really shine as a resource for the self-taught student, and yet are helpful even for those with access to a physically present teacher. Here’s a snapshot with some quick commentary: If you like long detailed wiring and styling sessions and great […]