I apologize for the low quality picture but it was the best I could do. Also please excuse the flower pot, I have no bonsai pots training or otherwise to put it in.
I collected this mountain hemlock last spring and I just did my very first structural styling ever. I know very little about bonsai design to be honest but I’m not terribly unhappy with the result. I’m definitely looking for your guys’ perspectives though on how to improve the tree or criticisms of what I chose to do.
It was kind of challenging to work with (for me at least) since almost every single branch emanated from the right side of the trunk and they were all of them extremely sparse and lanky (which is why I introduced such dramatic bends)
As far as future is concerned I plan on planting the tree at a slight angle left to help remove the verticality of that lower trunk section. Some additional backbudding will also help to fill in bare patches (particularly on that lowest branch) although I definitely plan on keeping the natural sparse literati feel of the tree.
also does anyone have an estimate for the age of this tree? It was growing at 6,000 feet here in Oregon if that helps.