I’ve been online for more than 20 years in bonsai discussions dealing with people who want advice on doing futile things. It’s come up again. Someone has an idea of doing bonsai in a way that is not currently being done and when I tell them why this is a bad idea, they keep coming back with reasons it should be a good idea. THEN PROVE ME WRONG!
I actually LOVE being wrong. It means I’m filling gaps and fixing cracks in my knowledge.
If you’re a beginner and you’re asking if something will work, but it won’t, I see two things right away. First, you’re not doing this already or you’d be showing me your success or failures. Second, you’re a beginner and you’ve come up with an exhausting approach to bonsai that will only result in failure, disappointment, and disillusionment with the hobby. You’re not going to know where you went wrong and you won’t be able to recover from your mistakes.
If an expert were to ask me the same question, I might laugh in their face and say “Damn! I’d love to see you try that!” I don’t laugh at the ideas of beginners, just experts. If Michael Phelps were trying to swim up the Mississippi River and he did nothing but continue downriver, I’d be on the bank laughing my ass off. If it was a regular guy trying the same thing, I’d be calling the authorities for help.
“Prove me wrong” is my favorite expression with beginners. It’s not dismissive. If you can advance the science/art/hobby of bonsai, please do. However, I might be telling you some very good reasons why you’re going to fail. Proceed at your own peril.
Sorry, had to rant.