Yew dig? [Insert silly Yew pun here]

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I dug up this old yew out of my yard. I’d been eyeballing this guy since I first learned about using landscape material for bonsai! This project is going to take a long time, and I have lots of decisions to make. For now, it’s in 80% pumice 20% Napa, resting in the shade for a week, and then we spend a summer growing good roots (hopefully!) Wish me luck!
Any suggestions to help me be more successful at bonsai, re: this tree or the process in general, are appreciated.

Hard to see, but the base has a big tunnel in it, and also has almost completely engulfed a golf ball sized basalt rock.

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Atom#28

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Update. Lots of work done on this yew. Trying my hand at big bends with raffia and a strong copper backbone. This is a really bizarre form, but I’m starting to like it.

Here it is before this fall’s work.

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and then the raffia/copper backbone was applied:
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and a little bit of carving:

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