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Title: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bonsaikc on December 24, 2009, 10:42 AM
"Repotting: An Important Start to a Healthy Bonsai"-Boon Manakitivipart (http://www.bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html)

Before a tree can handle any work we do to it, one caveat is heard time and time again. "If your tree is not healthy, do NOT work on it!" But healthy trees come from more than just sunshine, fertilizer, and water. They must be repotted regularly and correctly. Improper potting technique can cost a tree its vitality and even its life.

This video should be required curriculum for every bonsai enthusiast and club. Boon's teaching is detailed and well captured, with full explanations for the reasons behind each step of the process. Following this technique carefully will help anyone produce healthier bonsai.

Every step of repotting a tree is covered from cutting the wires tying the tree into the pot to the final watering of the repotted tree. An explanation of the treatment of the roots and what to look for with the roots and how to seat the tree properly in the pot give substance to what many enthusiasts might consider old wives' tales these days.

 Boon is a great teacher, and this comes out in this video series. Why do we pot the tree so that the soil will be flat and below the surface of the pot? What is the most secure way to tie the tree into the pot? What is the correct technique for settling soil into the pot using chopsticks? These questions and more are answered eloquently and simply.

This video is an excellent reference for beginner and advanced enthusiast alike. You will refer to it again and again. Unless I miss my guess, Boon will be producing more of these great DVDs. I intend to own them all.

Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on December 25, 2009, 09:14 AM
Thank you Chris,
and Happy Holidays,
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: JRob on December 25, 2009, 11:43 AM
Boon & Chris,

My copies of both videos where under the tree this morning and I watched them this after breakfast. Great material and very helpful.

JRob
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: BONSAI_OUTLAW on December 25, 2009, 01:46 PM
I also have both of these videos and hope that Mr. Boon will be producing many more soon.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Hotaction on December 26, 2009, 10:56 AM
I too received "repotting" for X-mas.  Very nice, and will come in helpful this spring when I have to repot my JWP.  Thanks Boon. 

Just one question about the tye-in wires.  I know there are at least 2 s.o.b's here, so I was hoping to get some further instruction about this method.  It looks like a great method for established trees, but I think i missed something?

Thanks for any help fellas.

Dave
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bonsaikc on December 26, 2009, 11:08 AM
I wrote about this method in my article below. I'll post more information here soon.

http://www.bonsaikc.com/repotting_established.htm (http://www.bonsaikc.com/repotting_established.htm)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: John Kirby on December 26, 2009, 02:27 PM
See also www.bonsaitonight.com (http://www.bonsaitonight.com). Jonas does a really nice job with an ROR Trident he is getting ready to show. John
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on December 26, 2009, 04:07 PM
Today at our study group meeting we watched the repotting dvd. Wayne went ahead and purchased the 2 dvd set and we are splitting the cost(just gotta give him my half). I was most impressed with the knowledge presented in the dvd. I have now begun to re-think my approach to repotting not only JBP but other conifers and decids. Boon, thank you! I look forward to any more dvds that you produce.   :)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: John Kirby on January 08, 2010, 03:01 PM
I watched the Repotting video on the flight from Dallas to San Diego, the surgeon sitting next to me was fascinated by the anchoring and tie in procedures.......

John
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: ianb on January 08, 2010, 11:12 PM
I to got these under the tree Christmas morning ;D ;D

Excellent information presented very well.  Athough I would have liked to have seen examples of problem root systems and how to tackle them.  For me this would have completed the repotting video nicely.

Cheers
Ian
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on January 09, 2010, 02:15 AM
I am in the process of making more DVD as time allow - fall work - wiring - and yes, how to work on raw nursery materials.
Thank you all for your support.
Boon

Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bonsaikc on January 09, 2010, 10:04 AM
I am in the process of making more DVD as time allow - fall work - wiring - and yes, how to work on raw nursery materials.
Thank you all for your support.
Boon



YAY!!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on January 15, 2010, 08:31 AM
This has little to do with the video, but I noticed it there so I'm asking it in this thread.

What's with the rainbow of tape on Boon's tools?
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: AlexV on January 15, 2010, 09:08 AM
When you have so many people coming and going, and everyone is borrowing your tools, it pays to mark your tools with an easily identifiable pattern.  It can be a disaster to keep track of whose tools are whose if they aren't marked.  After all, most bonsai tools all look the same.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on February 15, 2010, 09:56 PM
Anyone or Boon know about what size pumice particles are used in the repottin video? I ask because I got 5 40# bags of Dry Stall(pumice) and would like to know. So far it seems the majority of the particles are 3-4mm in size with the next abundance bein in the 2-3mm range and the least bein 5-10mm in size. The largest size used for drainage layer? Thanks :)
  Steven
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: John Kirby on February 16, 2010, 06:21 AM
Lots of folks in the west have access to Horticultural Pumice which can frequently purchased quite inexpensively in bulk (truck load from the "mining" company or bag or barrel load from nursery suppliers). Boon uses a lot of "Hyuga", pumice from Japan. No bulk here and fairly expensive, but it is "brownish" and not the stark white of some of the mined products in  North America. If you can't find HP nor want to pay for Hyuga, you can use expanded shale as a substitute in you mix- some expanded shale products include- Haydite, lite-weight, expanded aggregae, etc.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on February 16, 2010, 06:49 AM
Ok, thanks John. Appreciate it.  :)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on February 16, 2010, 08:22 AM
When you have so many people coming and going, and everyone is borrowing your tools, it pays to mark your tools with an easily identifiable pattern. 

There appears to be more of a method to the markings as each tool is marked with a different selection of colors, or at least in a different pattern.  Anybody?
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: donmaple on February 16, 2010, 07:51 PM
Boon, Great job!! I received your DVD's two weeks ago and have watched them several times each. I just seem to pick up more info each time. Can't wait for the next installment. Would you please also consider making one to cover other pines, say Mugo, Scotts, Austrian? And maybe white pines too? Looks like you might have a market...anybody else interested? Thanks, Don.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bonsaikc on February 17, 2010, 09:34 AM
Anyone or Boon know about what size pumice particles are used in the repottin video? I ask because I got 5 40# bags of Dry Stall(pumice) and would like to know. So far it seems the majority of the particles are 3-4mm in size with the next abundance bein in the 2-3mm range and the least bein 5-10mm in size. The largest size used for drainage layer? Thanks :)
  Steven
You should be able to use all of those sizes...use the larger for your drainage and just discard the very biggest pieces. That all sounds about right.

Chris
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on February 17, 2010, 04:08 PM
Thanks Chris. FYI: I'm our new computer now. It's up and runnin....and I'm lovin this  ;D
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: BONSAI_OUTLAW on May 06, 2010, 01:37 PM
Boon,  I got both of your videos.  They were outstanding.  I loved them.  I hope that you have another one in the works.  I would love to see you do some grafting of JBP. 
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on May 20, 2010, 02:43 AM
Boon,  I got both of your videos.  They were outstanding.  I loved them.  I hope that you have another one in the works.  I would love to see you do some grafting of JBP. 

Thank you very much.
 i do a few differnt kind of grafts.  some is very simple and some is complicate.  i am not sure how will i put it in to the dvd yet.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on May 20, 2010, 08:18 AM
Thank you very much.
 i do a few differnt kind of grafts.  some is very simple and some is complicate.  i am not sure how will i put it in to the dvd yet.

Maybe it would translate better into text and pictures...  :)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on May 20, 2010, 10:16 AM


Maybe it would translate better into text and pictures...  :)
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Wayne,
i and my friends are in the process of doing the book.
it may take a couple year to complete.
thanks,
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on May 20, 2010, 11:12 AM
Quote
i and my friends are in the process of doing the book.
it may take a couple year to complete.

I look forward to it.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: BONSAI_OUTLAW on May 20, 2010, 04:21 PM
A signed boon book is going to be a great addition to my collection.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on June 16, 2010, 10:33 PM
Ordered my Wiring and Fall Maintence DVDs this morning. I can't wait til they get here  ;D
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: John Kirby on June 16, 2010, 11:18 PM
You will enjoy they are excellent. John
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: scottroxburgh on June 17, 2010, 06:53 AM
I ordered mine tonight...except that they have gotta get half way round the world, I can't wait though!
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Steven on June 20, 2010, 09:48 PM
Got mine in yesterday. Got home, opened the package. Got relaxed and spent a later nighter watching them. Great knowledge! The wiring dvd is worth alot to me. Boon made me feel alot better on wiring small branches and in the interior of the tree. The exact part was where states that he can't always get in there with his hands. This has been one, if not the one, of my biggest problems when wiring(minus not doing it correctly). My hands are not small and slender. They are big, plump and clumsy. Most of the time I knock off buds, needles, delicate branches as I try to wire. Thank you Boon!  :)

The techniques he shows for wiring is well worth it for those who struggle at it like me. I look forward to more great teachings, on dvd of course  ;), in the future!
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: mcpesq817 on June 21, 2010, 10:45 AM
I had the fortune of taking a repotting workshop with Boon last year.  He's a really nice guy and a wonderful teacher.  I learned a ton from him in the few hours of that workshop, and he even stayed a little later to answer questions and help me with the juniper I brought to the workshop.

I have the set of Boon's videos and couldn't recommend them more.  For JBP care and maintenance, you'll get much more out of watching his DVDs than reading the various books out there, like the Stone Lantern book on pines, in my opinion.  I haven't watched the wiring DVD yet, but I imagine that it is as well done as the others. 

Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: scottroxburgh on June 30, 2010, 12:31 AM
I got mine the other day and have had the opportunity to watch the fall work dvd, Excellent!

I have to agree with mcpesq817, this series is the second best way to learn about Pine bonsai (the first I assume would be an intensive with Boon himself, hopefully in the near future).
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on June 30, 2010, 06:40 PM
I got mine the other day and have had the opportunity to watch the fall work dvd, Excellent!

I have to agree with mcpesq817, this series is the second best way to learn about Pine bonsai (the first I assume would be an intensive with Boon himself, hopefully in the near future).

Scott,
thank you for your kind words and support.
Boon
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: 9thwonder on July 06, 2010, 07:00 PM
Hello Boon, I've been interested in purchasing a few of your training DVD's, but i was wondering if they would be beneficial to someone like me who doesn't own any pines; I have mostly Japanese maples and Chinese elms. If not, are you in the process of creating such videos? Thanks
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: John Kirby on July 06, 2010, 09:16 PM
Better than the videos, spend time with Boon via the BIB club, or study with Peter Tea down in San Jose.

Good luck,
john
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: JRob on July 07, 2010, 06:01 AM
John, I agree.

Good books & good videos (like Boons) are great resources and we all should have them but nothing beats the one-on-one hands on training with a good qualified teacher. I am also a huge advocate of being active in a local club. The interaction with others in your area great help with your understanding of the horticultural requirements particular to your local and the members are more than eager to share their knowledge and experience with you.

JRob
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on September 03, 2010, 12:09 PM
In the Fall JBP maintenance dvd, what is the difference between a refined tree and a mature tree? 

I've watched the dvd several times, though each time somewhat distractedly.  Have I missed some nuance as to how they're treated differently?
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: NiiLoC on March 14, 2012, 10:55 PM
ummm where can one purchase these DVDs?  ???
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Kajukid on March 15, 2012, 08:32 AM
ummm where can one purchase these DVDs?  ???
Bonsaiboon.com
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: bwaynef on March 15, 2012, 10:28 AM
http://bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html (http://bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: NiiLoC on March 15, 2012, 03:23 PM
thank you  ;D
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: boon on March 17, 2012, 12:53 AM
thank you all for your help and support
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: dre on September 21, 2012, 04:08 PM
i wish my local club would not be so cheap cause i said i would pay for half and they said no. im talking about the whole jbp series. i dont have that kind of money to buy the whole series out right for myself
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 21, 2012, 05:20 PM
Did they give any reason?  Any chance to get others in your club to pool your resources?
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Adair M on September 21, 2012, 08:17 PM
I have to say that the JBP series is excellent.  I watched the fall DVD again, then went out and worked one of my pines, and I can't tell you how much better it looked.  I'm sure it would not have looked nearly as good had I not reviewed the DVD before I did the work.

I can't wait until I go to the Intensive!
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: dre on September 21, 2012, 09:24 PM
money is thought and one member said why pay that much when you can learn that on the net or all the same techniques are in the pine book from wayne at stone lantern
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: Adair M on September 21, 2012, 10:37 PM
Has that member SEEN the videos?  I have not seen anything that detailed and specific on the Internet.  Grahm Potter's videos come closest.   There are some BAD videos on the Internet, too.
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: dre on September 21, 2012, 11:06 PM
i know i watch all graham's videos and have only heard about boon's videos ill just have to buy them myself at some point
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: mcpesq817 on September 24, 2012, 09:14 AM
The Stone Lantern book in my opinion is not that good.  It's a compendium of articles by different authors that use different terminology.  If you can afford them, I would save your money and buy the Boon DVDs instead.  I believe he offers a bit of a discount if you buy the group together.

If you want a free resource that is better than the Stone Lantern book, I would recommend this article from Hans van Meer:

http://www.karamotto.org/?page=40 (http://www.karamotto.org/?page=40)
Title: Re: Bonsai Boon Video Training
Post by: dre on September 24, 2012, 12:24 PM
thats funny you recommend hans site i already read is site i love that elephant larch he has thats shaping up to be a very nice bonsai