I thought I get a picture of this tree just before the buds break. The tree was collected as a bare stump back in 2001, with the centre part already quite rotten. I simply removed the rotten wood with a wire brush, no additional carving was done. All the branches were grown from scratch.
The first photo shows the tree 2 years after collection, just before I cut back most the growth to start training it as a bonsai.