First of all, thank you for your useful response. Yes, I could surely do that and wait a few years, but I doubt this lower branch will backbud someday. let's see.My second thought is to use the straight trunk as a sacrifice to thicken the trunk below the first branch.
My third thought is 'gawd, I hope for a back bud to pop on that low test branch'
Not my option, I think. Don't want to see this tree looking like a mallsai!Alternatively one could very likely bend the entire tree up in knots.
UPDATE : Following @0soyoung advice, I found this small backbud in the lower branch, close to the "main trunk".My third thought is 'gawd, I hope for a back bud to pop on that low test branch'
My forth though is 'what if that doesn't happen?'
Well, @Leo in N E Illinois, thank you for your help, very useful info there!Sometime in 2018 I'd remove all wire, let it relax and grow a season or two. It needs a much heavier fertilizer routine for a season or two to beef it up to get back budding.
UPDATE on this pine:More than hope.
That other side's needle got a bud too!
That base has a great flare there.
Only HOPE if PE is the new RTICULTURE.
I can tell a difference. At the bottom of the trunk in the first picture, you can see how much it has grown by the fractures in the bark. There weren't any cracks there before.
Yes, @Adair M you are of course right.It’s really not going to develop girth in a bonsai pot. Want girth? Plant it in the ground, or at least a lug grow box.