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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 12, 2013, 03:00 PM

Title: Readings
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 12, 2013, 03:00 PM
Hey Forum,

What are excellent readings for beginners?

Thanks,
Nick
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: TimC on January 12, 2013, 06:09 PM
Being new to the bonsai art and this forum, I find using the "Search" function on this forum to be extremely helpful!  Additionally, Tomlinson has a pretty good book, the Stone Lantern series on Pines and Junipers are very good.  The Naka series is very informative as well.
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: Owen Reich on January 13, 2013, 12:47 PM
What aspects of bonsai do you want to learn about? 
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 13, 2013, 02:45 PM
Introduction to Bonsai. Something broad in order to have a good first grasp and complete understanding. For example: origin of bonsai, basic maintenance, styling,etc...
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: Owen Reich on January 13, 2013, 10:08 PM
Afraid you'd type that.  Deborah Koreshoff's book is pretty solid.  Most "beginner" books are not very good.  As you mentioned, joining a club and engratiation with seasoned members is best.  Also finding a good teacher.  This site has more good threads worth of info than a book; it's free.  Also, other forums have different things to offer as do good bonsai blogs (like Mike Hagedorn's, Peter Tea's, etc) and YouTube channels.  Back issues of Bonsai Today and BCI have great info too.  Most books aren't worth it.
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 13, 2013, 10:56 PM
Thanks Owen   ;D
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: scottroxburgh on January 14, 2013, 05:14 AM
http://www.bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping/shopping-101.html (http://www.bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping/shopping-101.html)
www.bonsaitonight.com.au (http://www.bonsaitonight.com.au)

Australian Natives:
www.ausbonsai.com.au (http://www.ausbonsai.com.au)
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: Yenling83 on January 14, 2013, 12:20 PM
Afraid you'd type that.  Deborah Koreshoff's book is pretty solid.  Most "beginner" books are not very good.  As you mentioned, joining a club and engratiation with seasoned members is best.  Also finding a good teacher.  This site has more good threads worth of info than a book; it's free.  Also, other forums have different things to offer as do good bonsai blogs (like Mike Hagedorn's, Peter Tea's, etc) and YouTube channels.  Back issues of Bonsai Today and BCI have great info too.  Most books aren't worth it.

I agree with this very much.  Type in Bjorn Bonsai in youtube and watch all the Art of Bonsai videos.  Check out Mike Hagedorn, Peter Tea, Bonsai Unearthed, Bjorn Bonsai, Bonsai tonight blogs.  There is a great new DVD called "Bonsai 101" that is worth the money.  Boons DVD's are great in general and there are others on specific topics such as repotting, decandling or working with specific types of trees, I feel these are a better option than books.  The only real books I still have are Kokufu show books-the #1 Bonsai show in Japan.  They are basically just picture books which you can learn alot from. 

Here's the link for the Bonsai 101 DVD
http://bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping/shopping-101.html (http://bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping/shopping-101.html)
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: Owen Reich on January 15, 2013, 03:25 PM
Sorry, forgot Bonsai Tonight.  Jonas' blog is by far the most solid one out there. Bi-weekly posts of relevant info is not easy.
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: JJR on January 17, 2013, 10:03 PM
International Bonsai is a good source of information.  Each magazine is pretty much set up as a reference guide for the given topic.
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on January 18, 2013, 01:52 AM
I used an article as a reference for my brush cherry. It was a great guide.
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: JDNeessen on January 21, 2013, 06:59 PM
I've noticed that many of the beginner books are filled with lots of the same information including the exact same demos and example trees.  This forum has been a good place for me to ask questions.  There are also some really good videos on youtube that are instructive or just show a nice diversity of trees and styles. 
Title: Re: Readings
Post by: Don Dunn on January 24, 2013, 09:21 PM
Bonsai Today
 I love the wide range of subject matter and the illustrations help in visualizing the application. Most of the hard cover books I've  seen are not really very informative. Of course this Forum has been invaluable.