Here the finished result for the time being. The maple will be left alone now for a few months until it is definitely clear that it grows vigorosly again. Then I will cut back the new shoots ans continue refining the tree.
I know that a lot of Americans get some sort of trident envy now. For some reasons there is the notion that 'we cannot import such things into America, Europe has it so much better'. This is a myth. The truth is that I have personally seen rather recently big tridents which were imported a few moths ago into America. Fact is that only a few nurseries went through the bother to clarify what they have to do. But some did and they can well import such a tree. I have seen such stuff at Brussel's Nursery and New England Bonsai. It is there and one can buy it. Prices are about the same as here in Europe for this kind of material.