Dear %%SubscriberFirstName%% ;
Welcome to this edition of the Bonsai At Pasiminan Newsletter. This newsletter will
give you valuable information related to growing, styling, and taking care of your
bonsai projects. We are constantly introducing new tools, techniques, and additional
methods for getting the most out of your bonsai world.
Feature Story - Trunk Lean
There are a number of bonsai rules which have been handed down to us to help us create the look of the real tree. Some of them remind us what the look of the real tree is. There are also rules which show us how to see a real tree in the bonsai even more than if we exactly duplicated the look of that tree. For example, we often create thicker and more tapered trunks than you would likely see in every tree. Then there is the old Japanese rule that a bonsai should be bowing, welcoming us in. In other words it must be leaning towards us.
Itís a lovely sounding rule, and a nice way of helping us to remember to bend the trunk forward, but what is behind the rule? How important is it really? Any other reasons to do it arenít necessarily obvious, so itís worth exploring. Of course, when the bonsai bows a little forward, it does look more inviting, so the rule works to increase the pleasant experience of seeing the tree. But there is another very important reason. If the tree were perfectly straight up, we would see it as leaning away from us. We should be shown the tree in a way that most of the tree is above our eye level; we should be seeing it from, perhaps 1/3 of the way up the trunk, Thus, in a bonsai, seeing it from perhaps 3 to 6 feet distance, the top of the trunk would in fact be farther away from the eye than the point on the trunk that is at eye level.
To create the effect of a large tree being seen from a greater distance, we want to see all parts of the trunk as equidistant from the eye. Therefore we have to bend the trunk forward to create that appearance. Of course, a difficulty arises if we are styling a formal upright tree. We canít guarantee the viewing angle will be from the very front at all times, and with each differing angle the ?formal upright tree style would not remain apparently straight if the tree leaned toward the viewer. Therefore the formal upright is an exception and we have to accept an apparent slight visual lean away from us so it will remain straight up, more or less, from all directions. Any other form of tree can be bent, or planted at an angle, leaning slightly forward, and should be.
This will create the effect of equidistance if done correctly, no matter what other shape of tree it may be. Preferably there will be a slight curve to the lean to further effect the look of equidistance from the eye along all parts of the trunk. but it isnít easy. Sometimes it may be impossible if the material is very old and thick trunked when we start its training, but then no bonsai is ever perfect. However, if done correctly, there will be a point at which the tree will bend forward to maintain the look of equidistance of every part of the trunk. Below that point, the trunk should even be more or less straight or could actually lean away a little. Above that point, it must (perfectly) lean forward in a curve along its whole length.
We've just created a special offers page that you might find very beneficial for yourself. We are offering to help sell your bonsai items.