~ Beginnings are Delicate Things ~

There’s an old craftsperson axiom that goes, ‘If you have problems at the end it’s probably because of something you did at the beginning’.

This past year I’ve shared a series of posts about early tree development. If there is one overarching, umbrella statement we can make regarding the early phase of bonsai creation—both deciduous and conifer—it would be that axiom. 

But there’s good news, too. We have a little more wiggle room than those working in other media, because our medium is growing. Some corrections can be made that you might not be able to make if, say, you are carving a wooden filigree and your chisel stroke goes awry.

Still. 

Take care at the beginning.

And!

Blessings, everyone, for a Happy New Year ~

Wishing everyone health and prosperity this holiday season and beyond!

10 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Robson says:

    Happy New Year Michael. May all your 2021 bonsai wishes come true!

  2. vmaddox1 says:

    Sage advice Michael. Have a blessed new year .

  3. Todd Ellis says:

    Thank you for your service to the bonsai community and Happy New Year!

  4. Gerald Rainville says:

    grasp of earth, movement, taper, is my mantra. Happy Calander change, hope to see you signing books in BC in2021

  5. Happy new year Michael. Hope the Portland Winter is kind to the Bonsai family this season. Sending you all best wishes from Down Under. Jarryd & Hannah

  6. Pauline Muth says:

    Happy new year

  7. Chris Allen says:

    Thank you and a happy new year to you. May it be a great year.

  8. Mike Hansen says:

    Happy New Year and Thank You!

  9. Melvin Zamis says:

    Hi Michael Blessing, good wishes and special thoughts to you for the coming year and many more years. Hugs, Melvin Zamis

    Sent from my iPhone

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  10. Skip Mattie says:

    Happy New Year Michael, thanks for all your Post!

    On Thu, Dec 31, 2020 at 1:08 PM Michael Hagedorn wrote:

    > crataegus posted: ” There’s an old craftsperson axiom that goes, ‘If you > have problems at the end it’s probably because of something you did at the > beginning’. This past year I’ve shared a series of posts about early tree > development. If there is one overarching, um” >

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