The initial work was done in April, 2011, and is here:
It started here:
Finished ’11 like this:
Repotting was easier than suspected, It had spent the last 15 years growing in a 1-gallon can, but the soil came away easily, and a good rootball was retained.
The problem that existed was that the best front to accentuate the trunk taper and movement placed the primary branch to the front. I tried a few tricks to attempt to reconcile the two.
Guy-wiring the branch out of the way:
Splitting the offending branch to pull it out of the way, an effective technique, but didn’t solve the problem:
Finally, removing it, leaving only a Jin that punctuates the movement:
The moral? Do what needs to be done the first time, to get down to the business of styling trees! What’s next? Winter wiring to re-establish the primary branch structure, and trim back the runners for the next few years to develop pads.