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Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way Hardcover – Apr 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 1 edition (April 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881928356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881928358
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 1.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hobson illuminates the practice known as niwaki in a fascinating, long overdue guide to shaping trees in ways that reflect the aesthetics of Japanese gardens. Hobson's regard for elements of garden design inspired by nature, and at times, derived literally from iconic features in Japan, shapes his writing. Possessing a sculptor's eye, Hobson ably opens the eyes of readers to the nuanced tree and shrub forms achieved by clipping or heavy pruning. Offering sound advice--do not imitate, but rather incorporate, a Japanese approach--Hobson elucidates principles and techniques with step-by-step line drawings accompanied by clearly defined descriptions of naturalistic and formal shapes. Instructions cover approaches to dealing with side branching, how to alter the line of the trunk, and how to sculpt pine trees, azaleas, conifers, broad-leaved evergreens, and deciduous trees. More than a pruning manual, Hobson's guide encompasses the cultural implications of niwaki, an artistic custom integral to the gardening legacy of Japan. Alice Joyce
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"While Niwaki definitely has what it takes to impress serious garden nerds, there’s also plenty here for the rest of us … Niwaki is [Hobson’s] first book; let’s hope it’s not his last."

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I've read lots of books on pruning, but none inspired me as much as Jake Hobson's book.
Being able to 'sculp' a tree to match your natural environment appeals to my organic ways.
The photos and drawings make it easy for a novice to understand.
Learning the Niwaki technique will make my much-loved garden even better.
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I purchased this book as I always had a facination with the Japanese 'look'. This is not written by a Japanese gardener. It's written by a 'westerner' and it's a good effort. As I read through the book, at first facinated, then horrified at the incredible interventions the gardener inflicts upon the tree. It's my first introduction to this form and I will have to find another work by a Japanese author to balance what I have learned.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Paquin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have a very nice Japanese maple and a few other ornamentals and have been looking for a book that describes ways to prune to achieve alternative desirable effects. I have some excellent books on pruning of trees and shrubs, but this one is clearly different from the pack, and very good as well. If you are looking for guidance on how to achieve the look and feel of Japanese ornamentals, this book is the one you need.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d98596c) out of 5 stars Best Book On Japanese Pruning Dec 16 2007
By SKooLBoY jiM - Published on
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There is a lot of information out there on bonsai but I have always been more interested in the Japanese garden trees and until this book there has been very little information out there on how to care for and prune Japanese garden trees and shrubs. As far as I know the author even translated/invented the English name for them, "Niwaki" for which there previously was none. The best part of the book though is how the author urges the reader to apply the techniques he presents in the book to his or her own style of gardening transcending the idea of Japanese Gardens in the traditional sense. Get this book and "Get Stuck In".
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d985774) out of 5 stars Finally! June 10 2007
By M. Chilton - Published on
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Very good book for those of us who love our Japanese gardens and want to incoporate Niwaki techniques. Highly recommended book to add to your collection of books on Japanese gardens and their care. There's not another one like it on the market today.

I love that the author is a sculptor and realized that his art could be translated into a living form of trees.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9859a8) out of 5 stars The book I've been searching for. Dec 19 2008
By C. Yelle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! This book gives all the information a hands-on home gardener needs to try this at home. For years, I've visited and admired Japanese gardens such as the wonderful gardens in San Francisco and at the Chicago Botanic gardens. I could not find any information on how it was done, what type of tree is best, when do you start pruning and all the details. The combination of sketches and photos is particularly helpful. I love the photos of trees in Japan in ordinary streets and homes, not just in famous gardens. The photos of the trees in training or wrapped for winter are fascinating - it's like being back stage. It's a great book.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d985de0) out of 5 stars Niwaki best I have seen for the profession of aesthetic pruning. March 13 2008
By Scott D. Solomonson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have been professionally pruning Japanese garden style trees for a long time. This is the first book that really captures what needs to be done and explains how the trees react to pruning. Aesthetic pruning is a mix between science and art. This book shows great detail of the techniques that are hard to teach.

Scott Solomonson
Living Space Landscapes Inc