Bobby Curttright Wraps Up Apprenticeship-
After three years here at Crataegus Bonsai, Bobby Curttright has finished his apprenticeship and is setting up his bonsai business of Cascadia Bonsai.
I am sad to see Bobby go. Bobby weathered his being my first apprentice with his native stoic nature, resilience, and good humor. We did have quite a bit of fun. There were some epic adventures, from long trips to pick up random trees, to galumphing around collecting, to putting in some major superstructure pieces in the yard that needed a man with multiple talents, which was not me. And then for the last three years Bobby has worked on every tree of note in the yard, maintaining them and the yard in general. I’ve full confidence in his ability to run a bonsai yard with care and boldness.
Someone once said to me that there’s wisdom in knowing when to let something go, and in truth I’ve learned as much from Bobby as I could, so keeping him any longer is just blatant selfishness. He’ll just have to move on to teach others. Sigh.
For those of you who will also miss his unending striped shirt wardrobe, I can commiserate.
Here’s a few photos that will be nostalgic for some who know Bobby well and had the luck to work with him during his time here: