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Arborsculpture: Solutions for a Small Planet Paperback – January 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Arborsmith Studios; 1ST edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964728087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964728080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard C. Reames (born September 20, 1957) is an American arborsculptor, nurseryman, author of two books and a speaker at horticultural events. He coined the word arborsculpture and was the first to publish a comprehensive history of the art form in his book Arborsculpture- Solutions for a Small Planet.

"This unique art form uses the living growing tree as the medium to create a variety of forms from living chairs and benches to geometric patterns formed by living tree trunks. The power and magic of this art is in the length of time that each work represents."

Any type of tree can be used, all that is required is sun, soil, water and a plan.

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Guaranteed to make you want to try it yourself.
Woods'song
The techniques themselves are simple and it is easy to start with a sapling.
Sheri Ann Richerson
Full of great stories about all the arborsculpture pioneers and techniques.
Brianna Shields

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Ann Richerson on December 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Arborsculpture may well be the book on horticulture that gets your creative juices flowing. Author Richard Reames believes that trees hold the key to stabilizing the climate and, as he shows, this vital element of the environment can also be sculpted into a work of art.

Numerous photographs, submitted by many different photographers, illustrate the many creative ideas. Trees have been formed into outdoor furniture that is functional , such as gazebos, fences, and trellises, or odd constructs, such as trees growing with what look like antique bicycles or guns through their trunks.

Reames includes step-by-step instructions and clear explanations of the techniques of grafting, notching, and rubbing (notching is making a small notch above a dormant bud to encourage it to grow; rubbing is a form of pruning - the newly emerging bud is rubbed off by hand.) He says that once the trunk and branches are shaped, they keep their form and become stronger as the diameters increase.

In addition, Reames includes chapters on the history of arboriculture. Arborsculpture has been practiced since 1908 at least, all around the world. The huge tree sculptures of one influential arborsculptor, Axel N. Erlandson, are displayed at Bonfante Gardens in California.

The book Arborsculpture is a work of art in itself. The techniques themselves are simple and it is easy to start with a sapling. The trick is to faithfully shape the young tree for several years and to continue to prune it carefully after the framework is established. The examples presented by Reames are inspiring and you may soon find yourself outdoors creating your own arborsculpture.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rickoshay on May 31, 2009
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This book gives lots of background history and trivia and is interesting in that sense, butI was hoping for more DIY-type information source. There are precious few pages that discuss methods.It is printed in a small b/w format so it's not that valuable for coffee table type that you can read and see beautiful pictures, yet they are interesting in a museum sort of way. The price seems a bit high for what it offers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Evans on January 23, 2012
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Seriously, I am back buying another copy of this book. Every time I repurchase this, 5 times now, I end up giving it away to a fellow gardener or tree lover. It is a fascinating look at what can be done for fun, beauty,function and love with trees. Very inspiring and thorough, despite the review that said it was lacking. The other favorable reviews are very good so I won't repeat.

It is such an exciting perspective anyone with a creative eye or interest in the landscape should buy this. If not for yourself, for that someone who has enthusiasm for the world of trees and natural things. Granted it is not a coffee table book and not an a to z methodology and I agree the price is a bit high but the material is such a gift and labor of love.

I will always be willing to pay a little extra to support passing along this kind of dedicated experienced information and inspiration. Now go hug a tree. LOL.
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