All it takes is a lot of time and a whole bunch of skill. Here’s a ‘before’ shot of Jay McDonald’s fluffy Japanese Larch, a deciduous conifer.
Jay spent 7 hours plucking needles prior to his recent all-day wiring marathon/workshop with visiting bonsai professional Bjorn Bjorholm (https://bjornbjorholm.com/).
In this case, ‘all-day’ = 10 hours of wiring! Fortunately, Jay estimates he won’t need to unwire this tree for two years.
Almost tragically, this tree lost two important branches about 3 years ago. Jay unwired the tree then and grew new branches to fill the vacancy left behind. Jay’s effort has really paid off!