Thanks for the reply.
Yes, they're from Steve. He was having a sale at his place over the weekend.
That big one is going to be a 4-5 year project. First I have to layer the three large branches and start over from scratch. Steve's been working on cutting back and there's already some back budding close to the main trunk. Hopefully I'll have something to work with when I'm done layering what can be layered.
As for the second one - I agree with you. I should be able to get something decent in 2-3 years.
The last one was basically used for a layer and that's what is left of it. Not much to do except maybe graft on the remaining living vein.
I was actually wondering if the first one was from oregonbonsai. Is it? do you guys have similar shimpaku stock?
you should always keep in mind that prices online are always highly inflated (that's why I never purchase any tree online)
the best prices are always local and you'll often get it at a fraction of the price. Try your local club auction or meetings for starters...
here's a quick update...
been busy with work so all I did is startairlayering the big one. The medium one is sitting in the yard next to a nice itoigawa. All I did was trimming the long shoots to get some inside growth. The small one is somewhere in the yard minding its own business.
And since I didn't really get to work on these trees I got bored and bought three more at a local workshop