Yes, Don, that is how that zelkova was created to begin with. It was cut straight across the top. Then, it budded out, and nine branches grew out. Unfortunately, they did not properly bind the new bases, and the unsightly bulge was created. At some time, it was airlayered on the bottom. Wonderful radial roots system was created. That's the best part of this tree. My work on the roots is an attempt to make them even better, and create a "plate" nebari.
After beginning Boon's Intensive classes, I've set my standards higher. I'm no longer satisfied with mediocre bonsai, and I'm striving to create top quality. If that means "starting over", c'est la vie!
Adair is binding really the solution or is it just controlling the amount of shoots that eminate from the flat cut? 9 is way too many! I am working on an elm that I kept about 5 I think and so far so good no bulging. I don't think it's any different than the typical concern of too much energy through any one place creating reverse taper. They need to be spaced out a bit so they have room to grow without pushing each other out of the desired picture. I am curious and anxious to know the source of the binding technique. Maybe my project is just too early in the stages of development and I could use the binding technique as well