Before any work
Then after trunk splitting, linning the split with aluminum wire and wrapping with rafia the adding more wire to the outside. I needle pruned all the older needles to open the foliage pads up and make it easier to wire to the ends of the branches.
I am pretty happy with the results of the intial styling. Next year I will be able to fix the root sticking up, get it into a much better pot and make fine adjustments to the branches if needed.