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Learn Bonsai From A Master

Updated on April 9, 2015
A beautiful bonsai creation
A beautiful bonsai creation | Source

Recently, Maggie (Lastheart) and I attended a wonderful demonstration and show in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

A master of the art of Bonsai was showing his marvelous work, along with his students.

I had an opportunity to do a short interview with this master of bonsai: Pedro J. Morales. Here it is:

You can learn how to do bonsai

I have tried it, and it isn't easy. When I step back and look, I have usually "butchered" the plant I am trying to cut and prune to attain that bonsai magic.

Bonsai is not easy, but you can learn.

Pedro has published books on the art of bonsai, and he also gives classes all around the world.

Do you have a desire to learn bonsai? Many of the best pieces sell for very large amounts of money.

Here are some pictures of our experience:

Books by Pedro Morales
Books by Pedro Morales | Source
I wish I could create something like this bonsai.
I wish I could create something like this bonsai. | Source
Is Froggy considering buying these bonsai?
Is Froggy considering buying these bonsai? | Source
A bonsai work of art.
A bonsai work of art. | Source
Futago Bonsai award winner.
Futago Bonsai award winner. | Source

A special bonsai school

I know that video interview just wasn't very long. The noise in the background was difficult, so I will explain what Pedro and I spoke about.

Tropical Bonsai School

Pedro and other experts have a highly intense school that will teach you the complete art of bonsai. This is not a skill you will be able to learn from videos or reading online tips.

Bonsai not only utilizes special tools, but it must be done in proper ways. A miscalculation can kill the plant you are trying to develop into a bonsai masterpiece.

The school is a 3 year opportunity to become a "black belt" in the art of bonsai.

Just to give an idea of what you will learn, here are some of the yearly principles:

Year 1

The first year is the saw year. This is when you will drastically reduce the trees in foliage. Instructors will teach you proper sawing methods, and the systematic ways to take material from the trees. You will keep maintaining your trees at home all through this first year.

Year 2

The depths go further. In the 2nd year, the instructors cover topics such as:

  • Penjin
  • Grafting
  • The use of wire and strings
  • Rock planting and use
  • Deadwood bonsai
  • Forest bonsai planting
  • Much more

Year 2 is the year of the scissors.

Year 3

Year 3 is the year of the wire cutters. You will be taught on subjects such as:

  • What the pros will not tell you
  • Developing nebari and growing larger trunks
  • Bending thick and unusual branches
  • Proper exhibition techniques
  • Good bonsai instruction practices
  • Much more

The school does offer an optional 4th year in which the student will reside at the school, where they will live, breathe, and drink bonsai.

I think you may eat sushi-LOL.

Final Thoughts

This was an amazing exhibition.

I believe that Pedro J. Morales is a master of the art of bonsai, and for that reason I am freely promoting his skills and school here on Hubpages.

As I am quite busy freelancing, I do not have the time, nor patience to undertake a bonsai school, but many of you might.

You can contact Pedro and the school at the following(Keep in mind that they have the school worldwide, so no, you don't have to travel to Puerto Rico):

Futago Bonsai Jyuku

Two Brothers Bonsai School

21 Camino Tomas Morales

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926

Office: 787-294-9626

Cellular: 787-413-3840

Res: 787-993-2180


Here is a link to Pedro's website and a link to a PDF about the school.

I hope you can learn bonsai. Please come back and tell us about the experience.

© 2015 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you Ms Dora for visiting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      The art of creating and maintaining bonsai is one I covet, but I'll be content with admiring it. Thanks for the information and the dream of what could be.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you billy, and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is actually something I would enjoy, but finding the time is always an issue. I enjoyed the interview, buddy. Nice job.


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