At the beginning of September 2007 the spruce looked very healthy. Now was the time to do the first serious styling. The tree is strong enough to do all in one step.
I think it would have been a mistake have left the upright part as high as originally. The optical weight of the cascading part and the upright part were almost the same. The direction of the tree was not clear. When the top is removed the cascading part definitely becomes the stronger one.