We just had a great afternoon as guests of the Exeter Bonsai Society to do a talk and demo on pines. This was a follow up to an earlier meeting that became a fairly in depth few hours concentrating on techniques and seasonal requirements. This time we concentrated on the members trees and looked at potential designs for the raw material trees, looked at refinement for the trees already well on their way and also had the pleasure of enjoying a couple of mature refined trees.
part waythrough the demo I was reducing a lot of heavy top growth from an old scotts pine that had been in a ladies collection for many years, initially taking the tree down from about 5ft high to 3ft. Many younger strong branches were taken out completely, and the long extensions on every branch were pruned back to weaker inner shoots. Then as a complete bonus I managed to buy the tree ! so now it is sitting outside ready for a few years work on building strength & foliage.
The bark is very mature, and even a nice flaky red that occurs on wild trees but not on bonsai very often, and the 'never wired' trunk has some very natural curves along it.
And today the tree was wired into a striking literati bonsai with a low sweeping branch, several jin and a conecting shari. this is just the initial styling - there is lots to do making back buds and extending the shari to the top (once the raffia is off)