The previous installment is here: https://nebaribonsai.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/styling-a-corkbark-black-pine-taihei-part-2/
This year, the Taihei was left to grow unchecked until mid-September. Here is the starting point, and in fact, the first photo I took of the tree this year…remember the plan of neglect? Here is the neglected specimen after removing the dead needles.
After the dead needles were removed, I began pulling some of the new needles to balance out the tree.
Since I don’t summer candle-cut this tree, balance comes in the fall through needle pulling and pruning of the strong branches back to smaller buds so that most of the tips have similar numbers of needles and similar-sized buds for next spring. Below is a shot of the first left branch. I continued this throughout the tree, wiring a bit as necessary, but trying to not wire every branch.
Lower portion complete, compared to the apex which hasn’t been worked yet:
Pruning, thinning, and wiring complete, and now ready for finishing adjustments:
And a night shot after finishing touches…ready for another year of neglect.