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Last weekend, Empire Bonsai and Bjorn Bjorholm unveiled track of the popular online course for beginners Bonsai – Bonsai Intermediate Course. Bonsai Empire gave me access to the course for review purposes.
trailer Intermediate Course Bonsai
The Intermediate Course begins where beginners course ends left to provide detailed information on the categorization of species, pruning and wiring. From there, jump on the course modules arranged by species. This organization allows Bjorn, the main instructor, share tips on growing, developing and refining techniques specific to the species.
Species covered include a variety of junipers, hinoki, pine (black, red and white), maples, varieties of deciduous alternate leaves (including Stewartia, ume, hornbeam and beech, among others) and several trees evergreen broadleaf, including dwarf silverberry and kumquat.
Despite the large number of species covered, the videos are rich in information. Sometimes I wished I had written accompaniment to the course, as it was difficult mentally file away all covered. Multiple viewings helped, but a written reference would make for easy retrieval when questions arise.
The density of information varies from video to video as popular species such as pine, juniper and maple receive much attention while varieties such as Japanese privet snowbell and receive less attention. The course focuses squarely on Japanese varieties, but notes occasional care are provided for some countries in North America and European varieties.
As expected Bjorn and Oscar, the production values are high video and web interface is clean and easy to navigate.
The Intermediate Course Bonsai
Frequent use of videography time lapse offers participants the opportunity to see the trees take shape and specific techniques They are presented with close-ups.
for me, the highlight of the series is to see good work in good trees. The featured conifers have good health and density. Junipers have interesting movement and dead wood. Deciduous trees are well branched.
Even when the videos of the issues that was familiar covered I found that I loved hearing these tips again as important bonsai reinforce best practices. Remove strong branches growing up. Consider the scenario of a development tree in making decisions about their care. Focus on your goals for a tree before employing techniques such as pruning or defoliation of leaves that are stressful for trees.
Bjorn wiring a Shimpaku
The Bonsai Intermediate Course runs about 3 – 1/2 hours, although it took a little longer than me I split the display into multiple sessions. It is available for $ 49.99.
If you’ve enjoyed past collaborations Bjorn and Oscar, chances are that you will enjoy this one too. If you are relatively new to Bonsai and you are looking for a good starting point to work with different varieties, this course is a good resource.
If you are looking for guidance on issues such as graft, carving and heavy bending will not find here, but would not be surprised if they show up in an advanced course next year.
What that think of the course? Let us know in the comments.
More information on Bonsai Intermediate Course.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com