Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way Hardcover – Apr 15 2007
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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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“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, Booklist
“Of as much interest as the practical cutting points are the bits of history and lore woven into the chapters that stress the spiritual underpinnings of this ancient art.” —Marianne Binetti, Seattle Post-Intelligence
“Any gardener would be fascinated, not only by the pruning and training techniques, but the background information about Japanese culture which the author weaves throughout the book.” —Karen Helfert, Washington Gardener
“Definitely has what it takes to impress serious garden nerds, [but] there's also plenty here for the rest of us…Niwaki is [Hobson's] first book; let's hope it's not his last.” —Josephine Bridges, Asian Reporter
“Detailed drawings of the pruning methods, as well as numerous photos of Japanese examples, make this an eminently practical guide.” —SciTech Book News
“Easily the best book in English on this pristine type of pruning… Anyone who appreciates plants and Japanese culture will find more than they could have imagined in this unique book.” —Clear Englebert, West Hawaii Today
“Has wonderful illustrations and very specific directions that should prove useful to anyone who has garden subjects that need pruning.” —Linda Brazill, Capital Times
“More marriages have gotten in trouble over the 'correct' way to prune shrubs than probably any other gardening task. We can't save your relationship, but we [can] suggest Niwaki — Pruning, Training, and Shaping Trees in the Japanese Way.” —Jill Sell, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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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 love that the author is a sculptor and realized that his art could be translated into a living form of trees.
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