I met this Pinus sylvestris for the first time in Rok's garden in spring 2015. It was potted in to a plastic container, full of weeds, branches were all leggy and badly twisted to achieve a 'virtual' compact look. The first step was repotting to check a root system. Tree reacted with strong growth and good health.
Pinus sylvestris, spring 2015, before re-potting
The same tree after re-potting, on the table also small Pinus thumbergii
A year later, in summer 2016 the tree was styled for the first time. I bring it into TORA shop, where we fully wired it. As you can see - after re-potting the tree really reacted well. We corrected all unnaturally twisted branches and made a new design. We cut the big right branch and turned it into a jin.
Pinus sylvestris, summer 2016, after wiring
Right branch turned into a jin
Same tree after styling in summer 2016
The tree was returned to the owner; but instead in good shape one year later returned into the shop in neglected state: wire biting deeply into the bark, branches overgrown, the whole season was lost. This is another example of how quickly bonsai can do two steps back instead one forward. Well, we put it back to the right path!
This is how wire is NOT supposed to cut in
Pinus sylvestris, October 2017
TORA apprentices Samo and Socrates cuting needles
Gašper Gabrijel working on details
Author working on the tree
The tree has a really great bark!
This is the final image for now
The tree now needs a better pot and of course a better care in next growing season!