That starts with picking a trunk line and front. Then you choose your primary branches. Which may not be the largest on the tree!I realize the tree will change alot over the next few years, and big changes will be made. But as of right now, how should I make it not look like a sad little christmas tree? I want it to start looking like a decent little piece of material, that may be far away from being a bonsai, but still not a garden shrub. You know?
Spruce are known for having rather thin branches that are either short and horizontal, or longer and hang down from having held lots of snow.
pick a style, and pick branches that work for that style. Spruce are also known for having lots of short Jin’s from having branches broken off. So, rather than cutting the excess branches off flush to the trunk, consider leaving stubs to make Jin’s and snags. Getting the branches to hang down will involve wire.