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This is how my fourth Shimpaku looked when acquired in May 2016. (My fence was in progress!)
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I paid $85 for it in a silent auction and felt good about what I paid. The trunk has a 2.25" diameter above a strong basal flare. I started pruning and found the tree was well overgrown, in sandy loam soil, and neglected inside the canopy. Since summer 2016 I have been trying my luck at rebuilding the tree.

Repotted today to remove the bad soil, change the planting angle, and prepare for bending in 2018 or 2019. It's now in 100% screened and washed pumice with a top dressing of sphagnum. This is what I think should be the front, as the canopy and first left branch lean in for a hug.
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I have the right branch marked for air layering. It is straight and without taper for about 6" and I'm not sure I'll have success moving it into a good location.

90° clockwise shows the main trunk can occlude the left branch. Bending might solve this, and there's already a shari on the inside of the likely curve.
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Here's the backside, showing the upper eagle claw branching that I need to resolve.
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I'm at least pleased with some of my detail wiring and the nebari:
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Now I'm seeing why the former owner had neglected it and then sold it. This tree needs a lot of work and I think I can do it through a significant redesign.

Dimensions: 19" tall, 29" wide, and a 2.25" trunk
 
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Nice....

Bro....

Something about that long trunk left...

I just freaking dig it...

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I don't even like that triangle.
Especially if it hides that trunk...

But I don't think people are ready for 2 small triangles...too Penjing probly.

That shit is powerful to me.

And the roots are dope!

Sorce
 

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@sorce YES! I hadn't even thought of just the left branch. Thanks, man.
 

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You said it
This is what I think should be the front, as the canopy and first left branch lean in for a hug.
And everything else has to go anyway!

I forget the character Adam Sandler did on SNL...

But in that voice....

Deletion!

Sorce
 

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Here's a sloppy sketch of the "good" parts massaged into a possible triangle canopy

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I like this concept, use as many branches to create structure. My only suggestion would be to use raffia and give the trunks movement/direction, and Chase the foliage back more.
 

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Here is an example, sorry I can't draw, but your tree has a lot of possibility.

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Tree by Chris Pfeifle.
 

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Whoops this thread has been sitting for a bit. I got advice at mentorship class in mid-2017 that I should keep the three trunks and resolve the awkward straight section by pulling it forward.

I left it untouched through late summer, 2018, and then did some heavy bending with raffia wraps, 4-gauge copper, and 12-gauge galvanized steel guy wires: (plus primary, secondary, and tertiary branch wiring)
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It survived! It’s doing quite well, in fact:
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Its runners are getting strong and I’m continuing to just let it soak up full sun 😎
 
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