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         No  one  really  knows  how  many  different  methods  there  are.  At  the

         moment  there  are  very  few  known  practitioners  of  this  art  form,                               Introduction
         approximately  17,  three  of  whom  are  dead.  Very  few  have  published
         anything so their exact methods are unknown. In this book we are going

         to talk about the pros and cons of the few published approaches.  Some
         techniques  used  for  shaping  trees  are  unique  to  a  particular  process,

         whereas other techniques are common to all, though the implementation
         may be for different reasons.

         1. There is growing roots aeroponicly, being researched by
            they are researching the viability of tree roots as a predictable building

            material, mainly with figs. The intention is to shape the 6 meter+ long
            roots then planting them, thus creating almost instant living structures.

         2. There is the instant tree shaping process of Richard Reames as published
            in his book “How to grow a chair” in 1995, called Arborsculpture. Basically
            it’s a 3 dimensional form of pleaching. Richard attempted to calculate how

            Axel Erlandson shaped his trees and then published a book on Richard ‘s
            theories.This book was publish very early in Richard’s experiments with

            the Arborsculpture process, before any results were known.

         3. There is the gradual tree shaping method mastered by Axel N Erlandson

            early  in  the  20th  century,  sadly  he  died  with  his  tree  shaping  secrets.
            The gradual shaping methods were rediscovered by Dr Chris Cattle and
            Pooktre. Both have developed their process independently from all other

            tree  shapers.  Dr  Chris  Cattle  came  from  the  point  of  view  of  creating
            better  and  sustainable  furniture,  whereas  Pooktre  started  from  the

            question  “I wonder if I can grow a chair“. It involves a daily or weekly
            training of the trees’ new growth to achieve even and balanced growth.

         Tree  shapers  usually  start  with  an  idea  of  the  intended  outcome.  Some
         artists  like  Axel  Erlandson  and  Pooktre  start  with  detailed  drawings,  or
         designs, and then train the tree to that design. Other artists like Richard

         Reames start with a concept, he then bends and weaves trees to instantly
         form his idea.

              To successfully shape trees you ought to understand

                               the pros & cons of these process.

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