Author Archives: adamaskwhy

About adamaskwhy

Visual artist specializing in bonsai, mostly.

Building Structure

There might be a tree here. Underneath the leaves, somewhere. Maybe. But I do believe it’s time for the scissor. Let’s see what’s underneath.  Ah, I see a trunk. We might have a bonsai here, instead of a bush. Not that a bush is bad….. … Continue reading

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It was a Monday

I’m walking through my collection on a Monday. Last Monday, or maybe two mondays ago, as I write this, but you may be reading this three years from now so I’ll just say, “It was a Monday”. I’m looking around … Continue reading

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Not your dad’s bonsai anymore

I wasn’t going to write a blogpost on this tree but, interestingly, when I posted it on the Socialmediaverse, I got a bunch of people asking me to do a write up. A ficus Benjamina.The weeping fig. It belongs to Cosette, who got … Continue reading

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Why even airlayer? That’s not doing bonsai, is it? Or, Where does the story end? 

Propagation. Taking cuttings, growing from seed, air layering. That’s not what bonsai is. Bonsai is taking trees that have been grown by farmers, or nurseries, with the first, second, back branches  there already, and styling them so they are all … Continue reading

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Ain’t got a leg to stand on

I was picking up some tools from American Bonsai Tools in their warehouse a month or so ago and I came across this cool…..thing.Cullen, the owner, likes antique things that are made well. Stools, lamps, metal shelves and such. I … Continue reading

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Developing The Tree

You might remember this tree, its was featured in the epic, groundbreaking and  confirmationally biased blogpost, ” I use some fancy words to justify my defoliation habit, go figure“.  It’s a ficus microcarpa, sometimes described as a “ginseng”, as though it’s a … Continue reading

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Chop chop chop, is it technique or butchery? 

Uh oh! It doesn’t look good for this ficus.  Like they say, the first cut is the deepest. Snikt!!Don’t worry, I might know what I’m doing…..maybe.  Let’s continue with the insults, it gets worse. Poor tree. It gets worse. You see, … Continue reading

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