Bonsai Kid!

…Shaping the world!

Rules of transformation June 7, 2007

Filed under: Techniques — Newstudy @ 1:25 am

No aesthetic rule should be strictly followed, yet rules are there as a guideline for the achievement of that perfect look bonsai trees have.

The aesthetic canon of bonsai art has been gradually developed during centuries of trial and error by fine masters. Those rules are suggested by practical aspects of the bonsai cultivation.

The primary meaning of the bonsai tree is imitating it’s counterpart living in nature, achieving that well balanced look of a “normal” dimension tree.   However, on a little bonsai, there’s not room for all of the branches of a big tree, so they have to be screened.


Hori Hori Knife June 6, 2007

Filed under: Tools — Newstudy @ 2:05 am

The Hori-Hori Digging Tool was originally designed for excavating aged stock high in the mountains of Japan. This is an indispensable tool for digging – in the garden ir cuts and scrapes weeds, roots and vegetables. It is also a great tool for rock hounds!


Bonnie Belt’s clay works June 5, 2007

Filed under: Art & Bonsai — Newstudy @ 3:33 am

Ceramic Cypress Bonsai Tree Sculpture.
Cypress Bonsai Tree Sculpture by Bonnie Belt


The first approach to the Bonsai art June 4, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 11:59 pm

I was reading an article titled “Don’t Worry About Your First Go” and I thought the author was right.

It’s true, looking at a bonsai for the first time could be “scary”. Not because of the tree itself but because you may believe you’ll never reach the skill of the man who accomplished that masterpiece.

I already said in my first article there’s no magic nor mysterious alchemy behind bonsai. There are just advanced horticultural practices to apply on normal trees. There’s nothing to be scared of, but there’s a lot to study and to practice.



The age of the bonsai tree June 3, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 11:58 pm

One of the most asked questions in front of a bonsai is: “how old is it?”.

To say the truth the age of a bonsai isn’t that important, there are other factors determining its value, however a really old tree has its charm. To be in front of a 600 years old bonsai is touching.

One of the aesthetic principles of bonsai art is, on the opposite of women, to show much more years than it actually is. The actual age of a bonsai isn’t a good standard of judging.


Japanese artist breathes new life into bonsai May 18, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 12:27 am

by Elaine Lies of Reuters website
The tiny trees used in the Japanese art of bonsai may live for centuries, but the ancient traditions that produce them are being given a modern twist by female artist Kaori Yamada.

Bonsai — the art of cultivating miniature trees — has long been seen in Japan as a hobby only for elderly men. But Yamada, who hails from a family of bonsai artists with a history spanning more than 150 years, has managed to make it trendy.

“When I started this job, we were a bit worried about whether the art of bonsai would last since the people who took part in it were dying off,” she told Reuters.


Saika Bonsai – The Female’s choice May 17, 2007

Filed under: daily article — Newstudy @ 11:00 pm

by Tokiko Oba of The Daily Yomiuri website
In Japan, bonsai was once considered a hobby for elderly men. But that image has changed in recent years, with a new type of bonsai winning fans among women. Bonsai artist Kaori Yamada is one of the key contributors to the art form’s newfound popularity.

“People are busy today, and they’re always in a hurry, not wanting to waste a single second. But bonsai slows you down and makes you concentrate on the plant in front of you. Besides, it takes months for a tree to bud or bloom. There’s joy in the waiting, and I think that’s what many women have found pleasurable,” the 28-year-old Yamada said.