We believe our lives are led by trees. It’s our honor to care for bonsai and preserve trees for future generations. Bonsai teaches us how to connect with nature and have more empathy, patience, and gratitude. Our mission is to document our adventures to share with the world and cultivate community.
The way of the bonsai hunters
Always Get Permission
make sure you Always have permission to dig up a tree!
Respect The Land
be kind to the forest and the animals, Leave no trace!
Have the Proper Supplies needed for the Hunt, transportation, and potting
Always Bring A Pal
Safety First, Share the adventure
Document Your Journey
film and take pictures for future generations
Inspire others to follow the way of the bonsai Hunters!
About James Leon Blancher III
James Blancher is an artist, native to Louisiana, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born on the Bayou, James developed his love of trees and nature from the lush, natural beauty of Southeast Louisiana. He started practicing the art of bonsai at age eleven under the mentorship of Guy Guidry. as his apprentice, he worked in the bonsai nursery and began his lifelong journey.
James created "Bonsai Hunters" in 2010 to document his adventures yamadori collecting. his first yamadori Hunt, on youtube, took place in mount hood, oregon, on the sandy river. He was then drawn to the allure of the california redwoods that fueled his childhood dreams of collecting large, american yamadori in the mountains.
James returned to louisiana in 2012 to go bonsai hunting, down the bayou, for bald cypress trees. He journeyed into the swamps to capture his adventurous episodes. During this time, James worked as a background actor in the booming film industry in New Orleans. he worked on over 30 major motion films and can be identified in “LBJ” and “The Free State of Jones.” when James wasn’t on set, or yamadori hunting, he was selling art in the french quarter. for two years his artwork was a fixture on the fences of Jackson Square, in front of the famous saint louis cathedral, and on Royal Street, in Pirates Alley. His paintings of cypress trees and drawings of the french quarter were adored by people around the world.
In 2016 james moved back to the san fransico bay area to collaborate with family and nurture his passion for collecting west coast yamadori. Inspired by working with clay, James and his mother, yvette Blancher, began creating their original line of bonsai pots.
In january 2019, James launched “Blancher Media” with his sister, Estée Blancher. an award winning documentary film maker, EStée is a producer and with a degree in film. Together they are creating content and using media to help other artists and entrepreneurs manage their soical media.
Through Bonsai Hunters, James strives to improve his craft, inspire others, and share his experience with the world. His mission statement,