Nursery Underdog to Bonsai?

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Hey all, I have a presumed Deshojo (might be Shin Deshojo but I am no expert) Japanese Maple that I rescued from the sad corner of a local nursery about 2 years ago. I honestly didn't expect it to survive this long but now I'm attached and wondering what the process would be to take it from a 13" diameter planter pot (roughly 10" deep) and train it to become a potential bonsai.

Any suggestions and links to information is appreciated, I am new to the hobby but ready to learn what I can!

(As a side note, I'm not sure why the nursery left a band of what I'm assuming is a kind of yellow glue along the trunk, for all I know this lil guy was a sloppy grafting. I elected to leave it be until I could look into it further. Again, any/all advice is appreciated!)
 

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Not a bad graft by most standards. Good job keeping it going!

You might want to grow this tree out on its present roots until it has the caliper you desire, up potting along the way and work on tweaking the superstructure. It will grow faster that way. Then air layer .

Looking forward to seeing your progress.

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