So with it being winter here in MI, most of my trees are covered in snow. However, I have several growing under lights inside, so I have been in repotting mode of late. I have several trees that I got as starters from Evergreen Gardenworks in 2010, I got all of them in pairs, and this is the first pair I have been working on. I note they are in pairs, because I am not working on hundreds of plants, just 2 at a time that I want to make perfect. I will post pics of the others as I manage to edit them.
When I got them in 2 3/4" pots, I wired them and twisted them up, spread the roots out and planted them in potting soil (home depot garbage soil) in whatever pots I had lying around ~2-3gal. I also wired the secondary branches as well, because you never know exactly which branch you want to be your leader until the damn things actually grow. While I appreciate the sumo style of deciduous bonsai, I am going for tall, slender and graceful trunks, which we see in Japan frequently but are mostly absent from American bonsai. This replanting showed me the nebari's are exactly what I was hoping for, so I bare rooted them and repotted into bonsai soil (Clay King I brought with me from Jim Gremmel). When they start pushing growth, I will let the leader on each extend to help heal the large wounds I just inflicted (and thicken the top just a bit) and start approach grafting some lower branches (unless I get bud-back).
So here is the first one. I imagine this being a kifu sized tree, right about 10"-12" tall and twin trunk. Yes, there is a slight reverse taper on the second trunk, but when the tree starts to twist (10-20 years I am told, glad I am 35) it may not matter. If it does I will cut it back and grow a new leader. I am still debating if I want to let that sacrifice branch (the straight one) thicken up the base a bit more. Time will tell.
Here is a few angles of the trunk: