Beautiful tree, great pot. One question - are you going to try to lower the second-tier foliage in the future ? The spaces between the first layer of branches and the second could be smaller, just my opinion, yours ?
Al, I’m just curious about your plans for the branches as they appear very straight and parallel. Looking out my window at a large maple….. the biggest main branches have a lot of movement and droop downwards.
Attila has more gently stated exactly what I was trying to get at. Sorry some found my pithy way of saying it to be abrasive. I probably should have said that Al has done a marvelous job of styling kaede as if it were pine, and that the total lack of any nebari on his tree does a beautiful job of suggeseting a horn angrily rising from the skull of a ram.
Great examples in that other thread, BTW.
Al recently layered that tree to improve the nebari. The roots just haven't come of age yet.
I would suggest that Al did NOT style that tree as a pine, but that one of necessity builds branches line upon line, precept upon precept. I don't think it's a finished tree.
This is a great observation, I was thinking along the same lines (am I giving credit to Chris, or to myself here? - I better do not answer that ). When building any kind of branch structure, one has to start with a basic skeleton (line upon line, as Chris puts it), and then expand that into a full blown crown. So, at the beginning, if one takes the basic skeleton as the finished product, the tree looks contrived indeed (and many bonsaists will stop there and be content with whatever the result is).But as one adds more and more layers to it, the foliage morphs into something much more complex and natural-looking.