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Post  piltdown on Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:04 pm

Hi,

I have just discovered the topic of Suiseki whilst trawling the Internet. I have always picked up interesting stones whilst out and about. Many I have brought home and are now on various shelves around the house.

Now, my question is (probably the first of many!) do the stones have natural flat bases to allow them to be placed/mounted on a plinth or are they cut to provide a flat base.

Oh, one last question. Are their any good beginners web sites on the subject? I have had a good search but I may have missed a gem of a site.

Many thanks.

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Re: Complete beginner

Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:47 pm

Hi Piltdown... Are you familiar enough with stone enthusiasm to know your interest is only in suiseki & not also in Chinese scholars rocks, viewing stones et al.? Where you should look depends somewhat on what you are seeking.

Sources will vary re' the cutting of stones's bottoms to place them artistically. What is acceptable depends considerably on your openness or resistance to compromise. Suiseki enthusiasts prefer stones with natural bottoms.


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Re: Complete beginner

Post  piltdown on Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:07 pm

Thanks for your reply.

Knowing next to nothing I'm a bit confused over the difference between suiseki, Chinese scholars rocks, viewing stones et al. Do you know of any beginners resources I can turn to?

Many thanks.


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Re: Complete beginner

Post  Chris Cochrane on Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:29 pm

Hi Piltdown... A web search on the three terms "suiseki, Chinese scholar rocks (a.k.a., gongshi) and viewing stones" probably located popular links. Mike Reilly's www.suiseki.com (linked) & Jeffrey Holmes's shimagata.tripod.com (linked) cover a broad spectrum of stone information that should get you started.

When you feel comfortable in distinguishing a suiseki from other stones, many websites & publications can lead to more engaging discovery. For example, Janet Roth's blog on her husband Mas Nakajima's art might be just your cuppa' tea. Visit Janet & Mas at www.suisekiart.com (linked).

Search for the Nippon Suiseki Association website to see famous suiseki that are well-mounted.







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