a assessment – Adam’s Artwork and Bonsai Weblog


A couple of months in the past, I acquired an e-mail from Oscar Jonker, from Bonsai Empire , asking me to present an sincere assessment of his latest on-line class. I’ve collaborated with Oscar up to now, offering some media, internet hosting livestreams, and many others, so I mentioned “positive”. Little did I do know that the category was so in-depth and full of knowledge that it will take me days to complete!

So, my mates, right here is The Evaluation…..properly, after the necessary authorized assertion: in accordance with the US FTC, I’ve to reveal whether or not I’ve obtained any compensation from Oscar or Bonsai Empire. I’ve not. This isn’t a paid assessment, merely a service supplied to my good friend and to let the Bonsai World learn about a precious useful resource. I used to be supplied entry to the category although, which you see by the above pic, prices a mere $59.99.

A few of you may surprise why I, as a potential competitor, may need to promote Bonsai empire (at all times ask why!). Straightforward reply, I don’t see myself as a competitor nor do I believe any Artwork is a contest. Down that highway is the place we discover division and strife. My enterprise mannequin has me offering in-person bonsai instruction. I’ve executed on-line courses and programs, and you could find these simply, however my weblog (Da’ Weblog) is free to anybody. Apart from, the enterprise of bonsai will not be a zero-sum sport. It’s not a pie to be lower up and the one approach your piece will get larger is to take from another person’s piece. By supporting and selling bonsai, the pie will get larger.

Okay, with all that mentioned, THE REVIEW!

The course is laid out with 21 video lectures, starring Bjorn Bjorholm and Michael Hagedorn, two of my favourite bonsai artists from the USA. Each skilled in Japan, each with wonderful content material (I subscribe to Michael’s weblog). And each very knowledgable.

The video high quality is prime notch, as anticipated from a Bonsai Empire manufacturing. The information imparted is in plain English, and introduced in a humble approach. You don’t must know what a “moyogi momji with a melting nebari in a nanban pot with an understated namako glaze” is. Very accessible. By the best way, who would put a moyogi in a nanban?

One refreshing factor, Bjorn isn’t averse to trunk chopping:

The knowledge: each artists describe what they’re doing and, most significantly, why. The chop above is for taper and motion. And after care is mentioned, the how and why and when. There’s one spot the place Michael explains that in the event you do this, at this time, you’ll see this end result. But when it’s at one other time of the yr, you’ll see this.

It’s additionally set out when it comes to the bushes varied phases of growth.

I adopted the programs on my iPhone, and the video transitions from the completely different views was flawless.

You may watch like this:

With the video within the textual content.

Or with simply the video (right here in portrait mode).

Or in panorama, full display mode (turning your telephone horizontally).

There may be additionally a closed captioned mode, for once you’re with firm and don’t need the sound to bug these close to you.

Above, Michael is tackling an enormous beech.

The course covers each deciduous and coniferous bushes. And types.

The pruning methods between the 2 are lined, and contrasted.

If there are any drawbacks, I may need added some nonetheless images that one might zoom in upon. You may zoom in on the video, however it’s a must to pause it, and it’s not a full zoom (the place you may see the filth below the fingernails). I’m unsure how you can construction the addition of nonetheless pictures, that’s above my ability degree, however it will be cool.

You may as well ask questions and remark, and they’re answered fairly properly.

On the finish, you get a certificates of completion, which you’ll print out for framing

All in all, I’d say this course (after taking the earlier programs, after all) could be addition to your digital library (did I point out you will have lifetime entry to the programs you’ve taken? That means you may return and assessment what you’ve watched any time).

Nicely executed Bjorn, Michael, and Oscar, and all of the folks at Bonsai Empire.

In case you’re inclined to extend your bonsai information (and I like to recommend you be taught from as many artists as you may) check out Bonsai Empire’s programs (the total curriculum might be discovered right here )

Now, I simply may take this course:

Love me some Kimura!

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