Bonsai for Beginners has three different
covers now, European, Paperback and North American
A beautifully illustrated book that is easy to follow, well-organized
and inspirational. Beginning students will find this guide invaluable.
"...a thoroughly illustrated reference that will captivate and educate
newcomers to the art...a wealth of personal insights accompanied by
illustrations that are refreshing in their clarity and in the depth of
the accompanying explanations." —Bonsai Online.
Just out and into the second edition.
Hundreds of photographs and
dozens of ‘step-by-step’s’
I started Bonsai a little
while back and have bought a couple of books to help me. The first one I
bought was too advanced for me but the second book, Bonsai for
Beginners, by Craig Coussins was just the very thing I needed. It was
great. Lots of step-by-step examples and easy to understand text. I
recently found out that Craig Coussins has written a new book, Bonsai
School. This book is amazing. When I received it from Amazon, I had what
could only be described as a ‘real book’ in my hands. I mean it was big,
thick and packed with wonderful photographs of bonsai, techniques and
examples of many Bonsai Teachers work. Just like a school, the book has
different techniques explained in detail by teachers in different
subjects. Craig Coussins, the architect of the book, has brought
together exciting talented and knowledgeable instructors who share that
knowledge with ‘me’. I say me because the book is like my own personal
college faculty. I found Bonsai School very easy to read. That was funny
initially as I first thought it was purely a technical book until I
found myself reading the book. It is superbly written and really, a
Bonsai book for everyone. Gardeners, bonsai growers and
It starts with a history that
is truly fascinating and indeed, riveting. Craig Coussins has gone into
this research in a very thorough way. It shows. Peppered with great
images, this section looks at the discovery of bonsai in different
countries. With its origins arising from accidents as well as
discoveries, the Chinese Penjing-Chinese Bonsai- are superbly
illustrated and the subsequent development in Japan is then discussed by
a famous Bonsai historian. The chapters seamlessly bland and makes the
book easy to follow. A joy!
The book is divided into
chapters covering the styles, techniques and methods of growing Bonsai
and Penjing. Many teachers are represented here. Uniquely this book is
not just one person’s view but a sharing of views from around the world.
Indeed from afar a field as China, Italy, America, New Zealand, South
Africa, Canada, Vietnam, England, Wales and of course Scotland, the
authors home country.
What that means is that we
now have far ranging step-by-step sections that are profusely
illustrated with a specific subject which the individual writer wishes
to share with us.
It covers all areas of
ability. You may be a beginner or advanced but the author is considerate
enough to show that everyone can use this book. In any event, you will
always start somewhere and develop with study. That is where Bonsai
School is so perfect. Clearly the author is a very experienced master of
his art but the fact that he is shown pruning what can only be described
as a beginners bonsai while later in the book refining a fantastic Yew
Bonsai illustrates his thoughtfulness in catering for his audience. It
is not about him but about the reader.
I can recommend Bonsai School
to everyone and would urge you to choose this unique, well-written and
profusely illustrated book for your pleasure, learning and study.
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