Pooktre is a method of tree shaping, developed by Peter Cook and Becky Northey artists. The two spent their past 27 years mastering the Pooktre art. They become acknowledged as the world leaders in this art form, in 2005, at the World Expo in Japan.
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Tree shaping is the generic name for the practice of training living trees into different shapes. Tree shaping has some similarities with artistic agricultural and horticultural practices like: bonsai, pleaching, espalier or topiary.
Peter and Beky
Today Peter Cook and Beky Northey lives in Queensland, Autralia, on a 162 acre property in a mountainous area surrounded by wild landscape.
Peter Cook developed the love of gardening at a very young age. He grew in Qeensland, Australia, up on a pineapple plantation very close to Fraser Island.
Before initiating Pooktre, he run a business of jewelry making for more than 7 years. Although he was very passionate making the jewelries, due to the hard working hours, he decides to stop. He brought his current property and planted his orchard. Soon after that in 1987, during a walk through his wood, he has a revelation while studying the weird shapes of the trees. He decides to do a tree chair.
Beky was Peter’s best support and guide since they met. In her youth, she had different artistic passions as drawing, sewing, crocheting, painting etc.
The Pooktre method
Pooktre is a new way of viewing trees. The method consists in gradual guiding a tree’s growth along a predetermined wire design. The process takes place in few years. The most used tree for shaping is Myrobalan Plum.
During their activity Peter and his partner Betty have experimented all kind of forms: chairs, tables and mirrors. The couple become very famous because of the trees shapes that resemblance with a sketch of human body.
In order to give more information about Pooktre, Peter and Becky have written the book „Knowledge to Grow Shaped Trees”. The book was released last year, in 2012.
Pooktre is more than a method of shaping trees. It is a passion that requires a lot of patience and dedication. What do you think about trees shaping? Would you like to have one of this in your garden?
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