A number of articles have been written on worked vs. unworked stones.  If you haven’t read Wil’s article, you can find it on the Aiseki Kai web site, as it is one of the most important historical articles on the subject that I have read.  In addition, Tom Elias and Hiromi Nakaoji wrote two articles for BCI that received worldwide coverage for the exposé they wrote on worked stones in Japan.

Do we need another article?  Perhaps not, but I hope you will take the time to read another viewpoint from a collector of stones.  As a photographer, I think there is value in observing similarities from other art forms when faced with difficult topics.  Herein lies my attempt to do so.  This is an except from a book I’m working on entitled In Search of a Stone.


A manufactured stone  (Copyright 2017, http://www.bonsai-s-cube-shop)

Let’s use the above stone as an example for our discussion.  This stone is currently available at the S-Cube shop.  It is priced at ¥180,000 or roughly $1,600 USD.  A beautiful shape, nice patina and lovely daiza.  This is a completely worked stone, manufactured by an incredible stone worker.  Is it suiseki or not?

Click here to read our perspective on this subject.  Excerpt from In Search of a Stone by Sam Edge

We look forward to hearing your views on the subject.