Techniques of Bonsai
Masakuni Kawasumi II
and Masakuni Kawasumi III
Distributed by Bookwise
Reviewed by Geoff Fitztpatrick
FOR those who have already
tried their hand at the Japanese art of bonsai and want to venture
beyond basic techniques, this is an ideal book. But this famous
father-and-son team cover all the basics, too: opening chapters
deal with species and style for bonsai and how to start a bonsai,
either growing from seed (misho), cuttings (sashiki) and yamadori,
collecting wild seedlings. There's a chapter devoted through the
toriki method of layering. The author outlines the advantages of
this over other methods, including the fact a presentable bonsai
can be made in very short time.
There are also comprehensive
chapters on the other including pruning repotting, bud trimming.
Daily care and how the various tools are used for the different
tasks are also dealt with.
Clear black and white
photographs are used to illustrate techniques, while colour pictures
show the results in all their restrained glory. Secret Techniques
of Bonsai is a manual that both the novice or the aficionado
will appreciate, and at a reasonable price.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH