The toolkit of an Ibizan bonsai teacher, part one

Monday 4th October, 2021 - Bruce Sterling

*I happened to meet this Ibizan gentleman — Juan Montesino — and he’s been cultivating bonsai trees for thirty years. He’s accumulated some interesting hardware, starting with a small pair of specialized pruning shears and building from there.

*The whole set is in an Italian roll aboard tool case, which demonstrates his good taste.

*In the art and craft of bonsai one starts and ends with pruning, and often the simplest implement is the best.

*However, once you understand knives, pinchers and scissors, you come to understand the merits of a wide variety. For instance, root trimmers versus branch trimmers versus leaf trimmers.