Bonsai Art of Japan by Bjorvala Bonsai Studio

For the last few months, I’ve been watching a great series that Bjorn Bjorholm produces from his experiences at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Japan called Bonsai Art of Japan. So far, 32 episodes have been posted that run about 8 to 10 minutes each. This is an invaluable resource for any bonsai artist, but especially for the beginner. As an added bonus, I found out that Bjorn was born right here in the South.

I usually have a tough time staying still long enough to watch a 10-minute video on the internet, but a few months ago I stuck my exercise bike in front of my computer. I put the bike timer on 10 minutes and watch the video. It’s worked out great for me learning about bonsai and getting some exercise in at the same time. I’ve posted my favorite episode so far below that shows techniques on developing Japanese Maples, but I encourage everyone to start from episode 1 and watch this series.


Walter Pall’s Gallery

A bonsai master by many accounts, Walter Pall has one of the best (if not the best) bonsai galleries on the internet.  He works mainly with bigger trees, but he is a true artist with a uncanny vision for what the future should be.  I’ve seen progression shots where I think to myself “Wow, he really screwed that up”, only to see it leaf out a year later and look great.  Here’s a link to the gallery.