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first styling new big black pine

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Adair M:
"Thick branches"?

I think we're having a language difficulty here.

If you are saying you want branches with lots of ramification and twigging, we are on the same page.

If you are saying you want large caliper branches, I would disagree. You have a tall and slender trunk. The branches should also be slender.

Dirk:
Hi Adair,

Reading your comments again I realise that your remarks are not only correct, but also allways positive.
I wanted a moyogi with a big trunk. Its obvious that this pine isn't going to be that.
I decided to style it as a slant. Leaning it to the left. Need to lose a lot of branches lower on the trunk and the heavy branches in the top of the tree.
I'm a little worried about its vigour at the moment, due to a very cold spring. That's why I didn't do any pruning this spring. I will prune next fall to achieve backbudding. And for now I'll let it grow.
About reducing a canopy of a pine or conifers in general. The advise is allways to reduces a canopy in stages. No one ever tells how much time there should be between those stages. Is that a whole year, a couple of months or a couple of weeks.

Adair M:
Dirk, do you have a current picture with your new front?

Dirk:
Adair,

I will post another picture after work on the tree next fall.

Dirk:
here is an update on my big black pine.
last april I took it to a workshop with Taiga Urushibata. Taiga encouraged me to cut of all the branches that I thought were unnecessary.  Keeping an eye on what I was pruning away, he kept saying ' be brave, be brave...'
Later I corrected the first branche that was coming of the trunk at an awkward angle. I used a clamp and guy wires to bring the branche down. (I saw this in a post from Al Keppler about his Muranaka pine). Next year I'll take it further, by cutting a wedge in the underside of the branche.
Now need a lot of backbudding and growth. I begin to be happy with this tree.

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