5 Jan 2017 VLOG #9 – $200K Bonsai?! by Bjorn Bjorholm | posted in: Vlogs | 8 Vlog #9 features the styling of a $200K Shimpaku Juniper bonsai! This spectacular tree has been nearly nine years in the waiting for a fresh wiring overhaul. Check out the video below! 8 Responses Dan Balsley 01/05/2017 | I really like the tree and the angle that the trunk comes up to the dead wood and meets the green foillage, with the nice placement on pads. The vain on the the trunk helps show off the dead wood. Nice job Bjorn. Bjorn Bjorholm 01/07/2017 | Thanks Dan! Walton Brainerd 01/05/2017 | Extraordinery! How long did you take you? Bjorn Bjorholm 01/07/2017 | Thanks Walt! Overall it took about three and a half days to finish. Gary Swiech 01/10/2017 | Bjorn, It is a fine, beautiful juniper. My one criticism is that when styled with the pads in a perfect way, it looks too artificial, like plastic. I’ve always felt this way in the 41 yrs I’ve been practicing Bonsai though. I like them a little rougher…. 😉 Bjorn Bjorholm 01/10/2017 | Gary, This type of styling is necessary every few years to redirect growth. After next year’s growing season, once the foliage elongates, the tree will appear softer and more “natural.” Dan Balsley 01/11/2017 | This is how you can reach what we want to have the Bonsai look like in the future. Got to start sometime and it is better to do it earlier so that everything can develop, now. Gary Swiech 01/11/2017 | Thanks Bjorn. Love your blog.