The first time I saw a bonsai 'magic cloth' used was during a workshop with John Naka. I was a novice.
I don't remember the tree, but I remember John looking, somewhat frantically, around the room. Someone asked if they could get something for him . . . “a handkerchief, paper napkin or something” he replied.
I reached in my lap and handed him the - not so clean - small towel I always kept with my bonsai tool set. He promptly covered a branch with the cloth.
Suddenly, his design concept for my bonsai became very clear! I never forgot the lesson, and continued to use it.
Many years later, when I began to teach bonsai, the magic cloth was a way to guide students to better design without cutting their trees.“When in doubt, cover the branch and imagine what the tree would look like without it.” - John Naka
During my many years of teaching, I got lots of smiles when I brought out my Magic Cloth. I also received plenty of "ahh"s when they saw how good it worked! It's been called a 'tricky rag,' 'the imaginary cut,' 'the killer cloth' and more.
I have gone so far as to leave the cloth on all day, while I worked on other trees. When I went back to the bonsai in question and removed the cloth -- I often wondered why I ever doubted.
This technique worked wonders with this elm tree – as did the bonsai tools that came next!
Half of the original bonsai rightfully disappeared. (Instead of cutting off the top of this tree, I used an air layer.)
Ever wish a branch would disappear while you make a decision? The Magic Cloth can take it away!
Want to help a bonsai friend who cuts randomly? The Magic Cloth can do that!
Working on someone's bonsai, who doesn't want you to cut! The Magic Cloth can help with that! Looking for the perfect gift for a bonsai friend? This Magic Cloth can be that too!
The Magic Cloth helps you "see the future" . . . one of the most difficult lessons to learn in the art of bonsai.
The new 'Bonsai Magic Cloth' is 15 in X 18 in (38.10 cm X 45.72 cm.) Cotton velour terry ... washable ... and has a grommet and hook. The towel can easily hang on your work bench or attach it to your tool case. Large enough to cover a good sized bonsai branch. Your choice of white or dark green.
You may consider this a novelty gift.
However, I guarantee this bonsai towel will not only be used, it will be appreciated!
Each Bonsai Magic Cloth comes with instructions for best uses, as shown here:
$ 9.99 Includes shipping and handling
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