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Post  Chindian on Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:06 am

I am interested in learning about Penjing styling. I have 1 or 2 penjing books, but they don't go into much about whats goin on in their heads when styling a tree. Does anyone know if a penjing book or any other SPECIFIC bonsai styling book exists. Comparable to John Naka's Bonsai Technique's 1. I just wanna take in as much info as possible pertaining to any of the basics or advanced rules/principles to any particular style their is so I can squish them all together and stuff them in my head.

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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  John Quinn on Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:47 pm

Man Lung Penjing, Wu Yee Sun; mostly pictures, sparse commentary
The Chinese Art of Bonsai and Potted Landscapes, YC Shen

Probably the very best: Penjing: Worlds of Wonderment, Qingquan Zhao

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Post  attila on Sat Mar 10, 2012 3:05 am

Chindian wrote:, but they don't go into much about whats goin on in their heads when styling a tree. .

good luck try to find that one out!!! it might take more than a lifetime of studying of chinese culture and living in china but start somewhere and study some chinese scrolls and lanscape paintings
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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  Chindian on Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:20 am

Thankyou John for your recomendations I'm gonna check-em out. Attila,I know it may be kinda difficult to find this out can't help my interest. I'm actually 1/2 Chinese which is why I'm interested...

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Post  fiona on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:46 am

I acquired one in a job lot of bonsai books:

Chinese Bonsai: The Art of Penjing, Ilona Lesniewicz and Li Zhimin. ISBN 0-7137-2013-1

Again it is mostly pictures and commentary is pretty much restricted to an Introduction and picture captions.

I also borrowed a couple once from Glasgow Botanic Gardens library. I'll see if I can chase up some titles for you as I remember one in particular was quite informative.

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Post  attila on Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:40 am

Chindian wrote:Thankyou John for your recomendations I'm gonna check-em out. Attila,I know it may be kinda difficult to find this out can't help my interest. I'm actually 1/2 Chinese which is why I'm interested...
Hello Chindian

there is a link

http://www.artofbonsai.org/feature_articles/penjingrenaissance.php

if you speak chinese it is maybe easier to find books published in china.
if you want i could look into that i know a few people in china who are into penjing and maybe they can recommend some books for you.
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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  JimLewis on Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:18 pm

I have Penjing, the Chinese art of Miniature Gardens by Hu YunHa, Timber Press, 1982. It is a how-to book on the subject. Chapters include:

Part II (after an Introduction) Tree Penjing

Selection of trees
Basic Tree shapes for Penjing
The making
How to grow and take care of Miniature Trees

Part III - Rock Penjing

Rock selection
design of rock penjing
rock shaping
Cultivation of potted miniature landscapes

Parts IV and V cover pots and trays and a list of species suitable for penjing.

Illustrated with color photos (nice penjing, poor photos), gorgeous ink brush paintings and drawings.

All in all, a very nice book. OUT OF PRINT

At this time, Amazon seems to have a few copies. One "new" one for $143. And several used copies starting at $12.43 (which, since they seem to be at the same shop, seems odd).


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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Mar 13, 2012 3:22 pm

Brook (Qingquan) Zhao has a new book out atht I recommend for explaining the basics of penjing and some how to. Great photographs also. In English.

Penjing: The Chinese Art of Bonsai: A Pictorial Exploration of Its History, Aesthetics, Styles and Preservation [Hardcover]
Zhao Qingquan (Author)

available at Amazon

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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  fiona on Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:51 pm

Thanks for the tip-off Rob. It's not out yet here but I have just pre-ordered.

I thoroughly enjoyed Quingquan Zhao's other book and frequently look at it for inspiration. And I do like Karin Albert's stuff too.

Never heard of the co-writer of this one though. Wink

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Re: Bonsai Books

Post  fiona on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:06 pm

Chindian, the other book I referred to was the one Jim Lewis has mentioned. His description of it is confirms my memory of it as informative. Also as Jim says, Amazon have it at a range of prices depending on the quality. HERE is the link. (btw I just bought one of those mentioned.)

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