Online Class

Bonsai Wiring Essentials


Uncover professional secrets to wiring better, faster and more accurately in this FREE mini-class, and develop beautiful bonsai trees!

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 5 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Colin Lewis
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Join internationally renowned bonsai artist and author Colin Lewis in his free mini-class, and learn essential wiring techniques for professional-quality bonsai. Become familiar with the variety of bonsai wires available, and discover the benefits of using annealed wire on your trees. Then, learn how to make heat-annealed copper wire at home, determine the correct wire gauge for each branch and prepare your tree for shaping as you learn tips for pruning dead foliage and stubs. Moving on, take your bonsai to the next level with Colin'’s professional wiring tricks! Confidently use the slingshot principle, and watch as Colin demonstrates how to wire a variety of branch sizes with ease. Finally, save time, prevent broken branches and more after you learn how to analyze and correct common wiring mistakes. By the end of this class, you’ll have the knowledge you need to create beautiful bonsai masterpieces.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Welcome to Your Free Mini-Class
Overview of how to use your FREE mini-class.
2. All About Wire
3. Be Prepared
4. Wire Like a Professional
5. Myths & Mistakes

Additional Supplies Needed

  • Copper and/or aluminum wire in a variety of gauges
  • A few well-forked (ramified) branches cut from a garden shrub for practice purposes

Taught by

Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis is a world-renowned bonsai artist, author, teacher and consultant. He is the founder of Bonsai Magazine, served on the European Bonsai Association and has been a teacher of bonsai for more than 25 years. Today he is the founder and a full-time instructor at the Ho Yoku School of Bonsai in Southern Maine. Colin has written many essential bonsai books, including The Art of Bonsai Design, The Bonsai Survival Manual and Practical Bonsai, and has contributed to Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Gardening, The Bonsai Handbook and more.
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