I wired this little guy yesterday at a workshop with Boon. I believe I collected it about two years ago up in the Sierra. I remember first seeing a little clump of juniper foliage from about twenty-five feet away. From that distance I could tell it had a chunky little trunk and made sure to take a closer look. While scouting around for trees in the mountains you see several trees of a similar height, but the majority of them are much younger with skinnier trunks.
I just worked on wiring the future branches into place. We also kept three of the larger branches for now to maintain the trees strength and to minimize the risk of weakening the tree. The paper towels were added to help visualize the future image. The tree is still in the original box I planted it in. I used pure washed and sifted pumice, however this winter I cleaned the surface soil and replaced about half an inch with my standard mix. This helps remove caked up organic fertilizer and increases drainage. Boon calls this process Soiji.