Apprentice Jorge Trak—

Thankfully Jorge speaks perfect English, as my Spanish is limited to ‘Si’ and ‘No’ (the second of which is probably the more important word for apprentices). Jorge Trak came from Mexico, although he is originally from Venezuela. He spent 10 days in Portland as a short-term apprentice, and will be back to continue his work.

Jorge starting the day as apprentices always do—with a broom and a dustpan…

Here again, with a broom in hand… Although Jorge came to my backyard with only a moderate background in bonsai, his work ethic was second to none. When I asked him to do something, he did 25% more.

Early in his term of work Jorge began prepping and wiring this juniper, which took him most of the visit. This particular tree has been a rite of passage for many students. We took off and redid a lot of wire as he went along—

Beginning to wire the Western juniper…

And on another day, still wiring the juniper…

Working on maple balancing near the end of his visit. Thanks Jorge, I’m looking forward to your return!

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  1. I enjoyed meeting Jorge. You’ve got a keeper there 😉

  2. Good friends means great moments!!

    I invite you to have a look at my bonsai blog!

    Regards from Spain and thanks!

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