Iron Bonsai’s are steel sculptures that resemble a plant or flower. Using no tools, long lengths of steel bars are twisted and bent into place by hand.
Steel scrolling is the art of a strongman.
The name “Iron Bonsai” comes from John Brookfield, grip master and professional strongman. With his blessing, the tradition is carried on here by strength & conditioning specialist Dan Cenidoza.
Each piece takes an hour or two to bend, but it takes years of dedication to grip training and hand strength to be able to bend this kind of steel in the first place.
After the steel is bent into place the scroll is painted and mounted into a decorative pot and the artwork is complete.