Big Joe Galgoul

Hometown: Pasadena, California

How long have you been interested in bonsai?

I got interested in bonsai by going to the California Bonsai Society show at the Huntington Library several years ago and I got bit by the bonsai bug ever since. I actually joined Baikoen Bonsai Club before knowing anything about bonsai. After couple club meetings I thought to myself I better get some practice under my belt. Asking around the club members I found out that Lindsay Shiba was teaching a beginner's course at his nursery. I have been studying the art of bonsai since 2010 with Lindsay. 

Do you have a specialty, resource or method that you would like to share?

As a method to make yourself a better bonsai artist. I suggested you take classes or lessons from different instructors to help you develop your trees. Each instructor will have a different lens and point of view on maintaining and developing your trees. These differences in style and approaches will help you professionally grow in the art.

What other hobbies do you have?

Playing with grandchildren, Fishing, Working on classic cars and going to car shows.

What are your favorite type(s) of trees?

Maples

Oaks

Elms

Unique and unusual trees

What are your favorite bonsai style?

Chokkan - Formal Upright

Moyogi - Informal Upright

Sokan - Twin Trunk