Austin Heitzman grew up in an American expat family in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he was exposed to both bonsai and woodworking. In his first job after graduate school, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he was inspired to dive into woodworking. After filling his house with furniture, he moved to Portland, Ore. There he found himself at the epicenter of the U.S. bonsai movement, and crafted a niche building finely designed bonsai stands.
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