THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar20

Second Hand Tobisho Topiary Shears

My Tobisho Topiary Shears are up for sale!

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tobisho topiary shears

If you are a tool nerd, or a boxwood geek or just a fan of beautiful, handmade items then these are for you!

I am refreshing my tool bag and, as these wonderful shears are so rare, thought I would offer to someone with a lust for this kind of thing.

Check them out – Tobisho Topiary Shears.

 

Mar24

Shears Or Power Tools?

Shears or power tools? What is best to use? The Joy Of Shears I love my Okatsune shears, the beautifully balanced red and white handled pruning shears from Japan. They do everything you need, whether giving a little extra detail to a topiary piece or bashing their way through a hawthorn or beech hedge that boundaries a garden. Another pair of shears you may wish for, that are far sharper than any power tool ever needs to be, is this Tobisho made pair of curved, steel blades… They are basically two samurai swords bolted together. So sharp they could cut …

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Mar21

Bite Size History Of Running A Small Business

small business talks

A potted history of my small business, inspired by the wonderful bite size blog posts of how Charles Boyle has run CB Editions, so I thought I would do something similar for Modern Mint. Well, with Coronoavirus hitting I have the time to get all nostalgic…. Moved to Essex from Hampshire, going from a list of relentlessly busy garden maintenance jobs in huge gardens whilst spending evenings and weekends doing project planting and lawn care work to… nothing. Went to Japan for two weeks, a gift to myself for making the move away from a job where I was such a …

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Mar19

Topiary Design: Thinking About Pruning

topiary design shears

Topiary design is something I think about a lot. Well I would, what with being a topiary artist who makes and maintains topiary, hedges and shrubs throughout the year. Topiary Design I am still searching for a way to share with you why I prune certain plants a certain way. The easiest answer for me to give is – “because pruning it that way is what it needs. That is just what the plant told me to do.” But let’s face it, that is of no use to you. Firstly because it gives you nothing specific or tangible to start …

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