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:

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  1. Vern Maddox says:

    We will miss Bobby but look forward to hearing from him in his new venture. Best of luck in everything you do, Bobby.
    Texas Vern

  2. Ray Norris says:

    Great oerson to be sround and was a quick study unlike me. All the best Bobby.

  3. Ed Jackson says:

    See you soon, and all the best in your new journey.

    Ed Jackson

  4. johnny cheeseburger says:

    good luck

  5. congratulations Bobby! If you ever head east to New Jersey please give me a call. Our club would like to meet with you. Maybe you can do a lecture/demonstration. Brian Cairns, VP Deep Cut Bonsai Society.

  6. Grant Rauzi says:

    Congratulations Bobby – you’ve done a great job developing Michael’s humor, surviving pilgrimages to Kokufu and Obuse, and the many crushing defeats of the Trailblazers by the superior Sounders. Keep practicing your ability to eat pizza with chopsticks. All my best for success with Cascadia Bonsai!!

    Grant Rauzi

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