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Having just watched and taken notes on Ryan Neils lecture on pines, I found that most of my questions have been answered and I feel as though I'm ready to tackle my JRP this coming spring.

I was thinking that maybe we could compile a list of information videos on youtube etc, that you'd recommend to help not just newbies but even more experienced people learn something. Actually thinking more like 2 lists, 1 easy to access / free content and another for videos on sites like Mirai live or even DVD's and books that you have to pay for.

Youtube:

Ryan Neil Lecture on Pines:
Pt 1 - 2 Flush Pines:
Pt 2 - Single Flush pines:
 

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@Brian Van Fleet ‘s book on JBP. Probably the most helpful resource to me for understanding the way JBPs are grown and trained.

https://nebaribonsai.wordpress.com/new-book-developing-jbp-bonsai/

And he’s a great resource on this site. If you’ve ever learned anything from him, buying his book would be a great way to say thank you, IMHO.
I would only add it already works on Android devices using some downloaded reader for .epub files.
 

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I´m bumping this one.

Could anyone recommend me a good book for a beginner in bonsai?

Also, been thinking about buying lessons over at Bonsai Empire and Mirai. Tested the Mirai for seven days but I just found it to chaotic in the library, does anyone know if B Empire is better?
 

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Bjorn’s beginner, intermediate, and advanced video courses are good too. They’re on Bonsai Empire.
 

Bayard

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I´ve now checked the Beginners course at Bonsai Empire.

+ The videos are well composed.
+ User friendly platform.
+ Quality.

- The beginners course felt like a "You have no clue what a tree is? We have the answer"
- The content felt thin (But yes, it´s a beginners course)

I´ll update more when I´m finished with intermediate course. Also waiting for The little book of bonsai.
 

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I´ve now checked the Beginners course at Bonsai Empire.

+ The videos are well composed.
+ User friendly platform.
+ Quality.

- The beginners course felt like a "You have no clue what a tree is? We have the answer"
- The content felt thin (But yes, it´s a beginners course)

I´ll update more when I´m finished with intermediate course. Also waiting for The little book of bonsai.
Hi, Thank you for the Beginners course review, Could you please comment on the intermediate course?
 

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Hi @Driftwood

I haven´t started the course yet. I got a new job, new house and I´ve also undergone a surgery (everything´s fine) so I´m afraid I´ve been to busy.

Though I plan on starting it this weekend.

I can give a review on The Little Book of Bonsai though.

First impression of this book was ->beautiful, well composed and with a lot of quality. If you want to look at beautiful photos while learning on a beginner to intermediate level, this book is a great buy. I can also recommend to visit his blog where he also has "Resources for beginners", for free, wich is a great tool for us beginners.
 

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Science-based botanical podcast here. I’ve been listening to this off and on since before I started keeping trees. This may not be for everyone. It meanders off topic here and there, but I found it a good listen, and applicable to bonsai.
In Defence of Plants
Episode 265 Ancient Trees: Living on the Edge. Dr. Doug Larson

Hope someone finds some good here.
Thanks

 

Driftwood

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Hi @Driftwood

I haven´t started the course yet. I got a new job, new house and I´ve also undergone a surgery (everything´s fine) so I´m afraid I´ve been to busy.

Though I plan on starting it this weekend.

I can give a review on The Little Book of Bonsai though.

First impression of this book was ->beautiful, well composed and with a lot of quality. If you want to look at beautiful photos while learning on a beginner to intermediate level, this book is a great buy. I can also recommend to visit his blog where he also has "Resources for beginners", for free, wich is a great tool for us beginners.
All right! please let us know when ever you can. Yes I got latest Jonas, Michael book, also a regular at bonsai tonight and will like to take a video consultation with Jonas. Luckily there are good sources to look at and that's why user reviews are increasingly important. Thank you for the tips.
 

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Just wanted to share this youtube channel I found! Quite simply, tons of vids a Japanese bonsai master working on awesome trees. Not much instruction but enjoyable nonetheless.

 
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