I read an article on-line recently that rekindled an interest in bonsai trees. This article described starting a tree from cuttings using a method called Air Layering. After reading the article I took some cuttings from the Norwegian maple in my front yard, and followed the instructions carefully. Then I went further and gathered some of the very small saplings growing behind my garage and planted them in shallow pots with potting soil mixed with some gravel and sphagnum moss layered on top. I watered each thoroughly and set them outside to get some sun. After all this I decided to research Air Layering and read that the chosen limb is supposed to stay on the tree. I'm sure that all you experienced gardeners are getting a big kick out of this thread, but I do want to cultivate some bonsai trees so when you finnish laughing please enlighten me as to the proper way to get started.