The Secret Techniques of Bonsai: A Guide to Starting, Raising, and Shaping Bonsai
The Japanese art of bonsai is practiced worldwide, but while basic techniques have been more or less effectively taught, many of the more intriguing ones, as well as recently invented ones, have not. 'The secret techiniques of Bonsai' remedies this oversight with the thoughtful instruction of second and third generation experts. 'Secret teachings' is by the author of the groundbreaking 'Bonsai with american trees', one of the first books to unveil the secrets of the trade. This time, Masakuni Kawasumi II teams up with his son, Masakuni III, to offer not only the basics for creating perfect bonsai but secret techniques he has developed over years of careful work and observation. Masakuni III, the first qualified tree doctor for bonsai in Japan, adds his unique insights. Between them they offer over eighty years of experience. The techniques are simple and intuitive, yet have been developed only after decades of practice and perfection. Detailed information is provided to start, nurture, and shape bonsai. A number of secret techniques are introduced for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike. The father-and-son team also delves into bonsai tool usage, another area of their expertise, giving the reader a clear sense of how to use specialized tools-or how to better use the garden and workshop tools they have at home. All these make this an invaluable book for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike.
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Before Getting Started
Species and Styles of Bonsai
Starting a Bonsai
Jumpstarting Your Bonsai
A Last Word from the Tree Doctor
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