EP101: Adding a Koi Collection to a Bonsai Collection w/ Tommy “San” Lira

Today’s guest, Tommy “San” Lira, is a bonsai enthusiast with over 40 years of experience. While he does not have formal training, Tommy “San” is a self-taught, bonsai expert. Tommy shares his passion for bonsai and his growing interest in koi fish and ponds. 

In this episode, we talk about…

  • Growing up with a father who knew how to perfectly prune trees
  • The first time Tommy realized he wanted to work with bonsai
  • The reason Tommy reached out to the Pond Digger Ranch
  • A unique, trade agreement between Tommy and Eric
  • How the working relationship has been for the last year and a half
  • Appreciating each other’s different visions of art and beauty
  • Why one cannot teach someone how to do bonsai
  • Building a larger pond than Tommy anticipated
  • The moment Tommy revealed the finished pond to his wife

Links to resources:

The Pond Digger – https://theponddigger.com/

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