Front Cover and Brief Review of Bonsai Heresy—

michael hagedorn

As it’s terrifically difficult to write a review of one’s own work and still sleep at night, I’m copying here what Wayne Schoech of Stone Lantern wrote in his newsletter about my forthcoming offbeat, educational book Bonsai Heresy: 56 Myths Exposed using Science and Tradition—

Here’s the glimpse into the future we promised, Michael’s Bonsai Heresy is coming in the Spring! I’ve had the good fortune to be able to read the almost final draft and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am, it’s like no other bonsai book you’ve ever read, or even imagined. —Wayne Schoech of Stone Lantern

The playful cover was designed by Sergio Cuan and Leah Eads. I am very happy with how Bonsai Heresy has turned out (the formatting is completed), and I hope it will help many people care for and appreciate their bonsai better. We’re expecting to have the book out in the spring…

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A Holiday Story-

michael hagedorn

Some may recognize this as a previous post entitled ‘A New Year’s Story’, and I beg forgiveness for the repeat; finishing up Bonsai Heresy (proofing just completed) has been all-absorbing. But I figured this story had continued utility, like last year’s advent calendar does:

Usually I offer the bungled photos of the year in a blooper reel to start the New Year. As I reviewed the year’s photos, however, it became clear that there weren’t enough qualifying photos. Which suggests either an uptick in selective shooting or a lack of studio clowns. Either way I have no photos for you this year.

So I’ll share a story instead.

On New Year’s Day I rode out on my bike to our local volcanically active mountain, Mt. Hood. I should qualify that by saying I rode towards Mt. Hood, as it’s too far away for a part-time bike commuter like me to…

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One step at a time

John Milton Bonsai

Around five years ago at a visit to Ken Fujiwara’s nursery I was checking out the tree’s and came across a white pine that caught my eye. It had very good leaf and looked healthy. It had some inverse taper though and I wasn’t sure if it was grafted on to black pine or if it was natural white pine. After a chat with my Sempai he confirmed it was grafted and that was why it had inverse taper. The bulge did have Shari to it one side and this gave that area some interest and not only a bad point. I could see that the tree had some potential and I knew it was bendable so, I proceeded with asking a price. Being as it was grafted on black pine it made the material more affordable for me, otherwise it probably still would be expensive as a natural white…

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