This was cut back hard in 11/11, root-pruned and repotted in 3/12, wired in 12/12, and allowed to grow freely for the next 2 growing seasons to build up some strength after the fairly aggressively-timed initial work.
After 12/12 first styling:
Spruce has a terrible memory, so I’m leaving the wires on as long as possible, knowing that it will take many years of repeated wiring to create a convincing aged appearance with the primary branches. Right now, they’re a little bowed, and they should have a more severe bend right from the trunk.
Thin wires are removed exactly as they are applied; make a handle from the end and crank them off, reducing the torque of the coils so the bark stays intact:
It’s had 2 full years to recover after the aggressive pruning in fall ’11, aggressive repotting in Spring ’12, and first styling in December ’12. The tree is in a very good position for another round of pruning and wiring…looking forward to the work!