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skokiebob

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Recommended Books?
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:04 PM »
Any recommendations on books? I am interested in the real nuts and bolts. Should I begin with gardening concepts first? I'm more interested in healthy techniques and concepts in tree growth. I don't want a coffee table book of beautiful pics! Thanks so much  :)
 

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 05:14 PM »
For species specific techniques I like the Stone Lantern Pines, Junipers, and Azalea books.  Though some of the translations from the original Japanese articles may confuse. 

The Kimura books show some fun techniques.  

I've got 3 different Japanese Black Pine special edition Japanese language books that I refer to a lot.  

Kawabe has a nice (Japanese language) book available through Bonsai Focus now.

You said you don't want pretty picture books, but I find myself flipping through Kokufu show books the most.

If you're in to history then there's always the Naka books, but I haven't found the need to crack the cover of those in years.
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skokiebob

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 05:53 PM »
Thanks John, I guess it makes sense that expert advice would be species specific. I can probably narrow my initial reading to coniferous and deciduous. Don't get me wrong, I love pics, worth 1,000 words as they say. I'm just more interested in building a good base of knowledge before branching out on my own. Pun intended  ;D
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2012, 11:34 PM »
This site has a section with book reviews under "Profiles, Interviews, and Reviews".

I like Deborah Koreshoff's book for an overview.  I'm more of a DVD and YouTube guy myself. I did what many people do on the outset and bought about 20 books with "bonsai" in the title.  Most books out there are too general.  I would focus on learning about specific species.  Stone Lantern offers a ton of books.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 08:26 AM »
Owen,

Do you have any YouTube channels you can recommend?  Any that should be avoided at all costs?  :)
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 09:50 AM »
Thanks Owen, I've watched every utube vid I think  ;D  At this stage of my learning pretty much everything is useful. I've got to find out what people here in Chicago do with their babies in winter. I've joined Midwest Bonsai Society and will attend my first meeting in May, so I'm sure alot of my questions will be answered.
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2012, 10:15 AM »
Welcome to the club Skokiebob!  I volunteer at the bonsai garden so don't attend too many club meetings.  Though Cat Nelson is a real charm and most of the members are quite nice and have a sense of humour that makes it fun. 
I live in the city, but with a lg backyard.  I paid about $500 for a 6'x10' hoop house that I put up last fall, and took down sev. weeks ago.  Took a fair amt of time to put up, but next year will go much faster as I don't have to pre drill the holes again and I know what I'm doing.  If you have the room out in Skokie, it's a great affordable way to protect your collection.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2012, 01:54 PM »
My favorite book on Bonsai, for an explanation of the whole subject is The Japanese Art of Miniature Trees and Landscapes by Yuji Yoshimura published in 1957. For new techniques, a list of  articles from Bonsai Today /Focus is provided i believe by the publisher in their new book offers. For growing concepts, and following with the idea of using soil-less mix and applying organic fertilizer on the surface, a book to look up is Teaming with Microbes A gardeners Guide to the Soil Food Web by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis. Soil Science explained in an easy format = healthy trees.
 

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2012, 02:42 PM »
I like Harry Harrington's "Bonsai Inspirations" (www.bonsai4me.com), but i havn't go the second one yet.

Good detail and techniques.  Mostly deciduous species. 
 


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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2012, 06:52 PM »
Hi Chris, at last a fellow Chi-towner! The portable greenhouse was exactly what I was thinking for the winter. I'm glad to here that's what you do! Thanks for the input and friendly welcome!
 

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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2012, 11:51 PM »
I'd reccomend OrlandoBonsai, Chasnx, SandevBonsai, World of Bonsai (take Dramamine first), Graham Potter (for carving), Bonsai Focus's Ryan Neil white pine demo, and many more.  Every series, including the one I work on with Bjorn has short-comings and strengths.  Bjorvala is a good series too  ;)

I would avoid WolfMeditation's videos at all costs unless you like pain.  Bonsai9723 should not be allowed near ANYTHING alive.  I watch videos from all over the world at lunch.   

I think more exhibition critiques should be filmed.  If you get inspired to film an exhibitions' displays, try using a cart or dolly and set the camera on it.  Or at least a tripod. 
 

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Re: Recommended Books?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012, 09:50 AM »
Deborah Koreshoff book is the bible of bonsai and is a very technical book a must for every bonsai enthusiast and I would say books by Robert Steven also a great read "Mission of Transformation".

What you must do is read the books and reread the books and you will see that little light bulb will evetually light up. ;D
Said that you can only learn by experience and watching your trees and understanding what they do by the season or by year. ::)

Don't forget every artist have there own unique way to get to the end product you must choose yours Ok.

That is my 10 cents to the discussion

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