Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Reiner the bear

This spruce has caused enormous turmoil on a couple of forums. On the IBC gallery Reiner Goebel declared it the biggest misunderstanding in the history of bonsai - right back to the stone ages. This was not always funny. It often has crossed the border to insult. Well, in hindsight it was that last big upheaval of the bonsai fundamentalists. It was only four years ago. But it seems so long ago. Then the fundamentalists did and could believe to be a majority. Times have changed and they are not a majority, that's for sure.
Fudamentalists know the truth, they know what is right and what is wrong. They are utterly inflexible and liberal is a curseword for them. This is a liberal bonsai, that's for sure. Nobody has to like it, but nobody should insult it.
So how much harm has this done to me, to the bonsai world? I think it has done me a lot of good. It has made me famous. Thank you Reiner. And it has changed the bonsai world - a bit. But not into the direction that Reiner thought of.

1)and 2) before renovation
3) and 4) as of August 2007
5) as of summer 2001


Aaron said...

Hi Walter,

When are you going to write a book??

Walter Pall said...
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Walter Pall said...

I wonder whether I should write a book about Reiner.


Aaron said...

Haha Reiner is in my local bonsai club - he's a nice guy! Certainly nothing wrong with some friendly competition though... ;)

But all kidding aside, I really hope you are planning on writing a book... or maybe 2? A technical one on collecting and also a more abstract one on artistic principles perhaps...?

I would buy them!

lee k said...

I miss you and reiners baiting on the ibc,it was good fun.Naming a tree after him is great,brought a smile to my face.It's a good tree,but is definetly a love it or hate it tree,and there is nothing wrong with that,in fact everything is right about it,see you at gingko

Anonymous said...

I think the question about the book is a great one. I was thinking just the other day that I would love to see a compilation of your photographs ... particularly the progress to completion shots.

I'd buy your book as a photo album alone and if you threw in your amazing knowledge of the art and horticulture of bonsai then you'd be sure to have a best seller on your hands.

A supporter from Australia.

200xth said...

In case you want to see any updates on the tree(s) above since this blog entry, here are the links to each tree(s):

1) European Spruce #8