Bonsai Artist, Toby Diaz (Saturday - Habla Español)

Bonsai Artist, Toby Diaz (Saturday - Habla Español)

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Looking for help to style your Bonsai tree?

Toby is a well know Bonsai Artist in Florida with many years of experience, and he is bilingual (Spanish - English). Toby is at the store every 3rd Saturday of the month. Book a 55 min appointment with him, and take your tree to the next level. 


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Born in Puerto Rico in the mid 60’s, Toby has lived in South Florida since 1987. His journey into the art of Bonsai began when he picked up a copy of “Tropical Bonsai Magazine” at a local store. The publication sparked his curiosity and led him to purchase a small tree from Mary Miller's store “Bonsai Bench”. This encouraged Toby to take the next step as he began learning the art under the tutelage of Carlos Consuegra, Lui Rayon & Mary Madison. During a two year period Toby participated in intense weekend worksessions or as he calls it, “bootcamp”, in order to develop his mastery of the art.

His mentor Lui Rayon, would have Toby wire trees up to seven times in order to hone his skills, demanding perfection while he practiced the appropriate bending angles and wire positioning that would have Toby achieve a dramatic and unique styling known now as the "Puerto Rican top” or “the fold over apex”.

With his ability to make a tree look old in a single wiring session he has become a popular and beloved local artist in the Florida Bonsai scene; all the while finding time to serve as Vice-President and President of the Bonsai Society of Miami.

 


Awards:

 2003 BSF New Talent winner

 2003 BSM Best of Show Award

 2004 BSM Show 1st & 2nd Place Shohin award

 2010 BSF Presidents Award

 

24 hr Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

  • Cancelations must be requested at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled class time in order to be eligible for a refund. A 50% service fee will apply.
  • When requesting a cancellation within less than 24 hours prior to the class time, student will not be eligible for a refund or credit and will lose the class.
  • Rescheduling must be requested up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled class. A 10% service fee will apply.
  • Rescheduling within less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled class. A 20% service fee will apply.