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Owen Reich:
Looking great  :)

John Kirby:
Josh, the time and care you have provided this tree are very apparent. I think the idea of having some element that makes people a little uncomfortable is at work with this tree. I think the idea of letting your lower branches increase in bulk, while still giving yourself the opportunity to regain taper is a good one. Controlling the Apex will be crucial if you want to maintain scale and not start back over on the upper branches.

I wouldn't air layer it yet, the top isn't that much better than the whole and your gain wouldn't yet be that great. And I certainly wouldn't put it back in the ground.....

Please don't ruin this nice tree by making an ill advised deadwood feature. You have been at this long enough to know how those work out on maples.

John

Herman:
"Posted on another site, and got a fair amount of heat for the "pine" styling"

I find this very amusing, as the second photo does not remind me of a pine styling at all. You know some people are extremely fanatic and sometimes see only what they want to see and immediately post some obscene comment. I have looked at these photos since you've posted the thread, I've come back and looked at it a few times since and I really see no strong resemblance to how a pine is styled in bonsai...I've seen pin Oaks in nature that look more like a pine than that second photo of your trident...that being said...

I've figured out why the tree seems a bit unsettling as Mr Kirby mentions, can the planting angle be altered a bit so that the first section of trunk does not seem so bolt upright? Its unsettling because the first section is bolt upright and then changes direction and in the top third it changes direction back to the base. Maybe if the tree was tilted slightly to the right? only suggestions though.

I think you have a very nice trident maple! and it is apparent that you know your stuff when it comes to properly caring for bonsai. The new styling will only enhance the tree.

wish I had a maple like this  ;)

kind regards
Herman

Judy:
Josh, I'm sorry- I didn't realize that the second photo was the back of the tree now!  I will be watching for an update to see the new front this winter. I don't think the trunk is uninteresting in the slightest btw... Once you get some chunky branching going on low, it will certainly make the perspective better. 
Thanks for posting it here  :)

akeppler:

--- Quote from: Herman on July 29, 2014, 06:27 AM ---"Posted on another site, and got a fair amount of heat for the "pine" styling"

I find this very amusing, as the second photo does not remind me of a pine styling at all. You know some people are extremely fanatic and sometimes see only what they want to see and immediately post some obscene comment. I have looked at these photos since you've posted the thread, I've come back and looked at it a few times since and I really see no strong resemblance to how a pine is styled in bonsai... kind regards
Herman

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One only has to look as far as the home page to this site and the beautiful pine as the tree of the month to see how a pine is styled for bonsai. One also can't help but see the very true similarities to the styling of this maple and that pine. Ray Charles could see the similarities.

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