I bought this early last year from an auction at the local club. It’s the biggest bonsai I have and it was grown from scratch by someone else over a long period! I can only hope my efforts at field growing turn out as well in 20+ years. Anyway, it spent last year recovering from being lifted from the ground and this year flushed out pretty strongly. I read up a bit on defoliating beech and am informed that they don’t like entire removal of foliage but only partial and a leaf must be left on the end of each branch as a sap drawer. There’s a lot of ramification to develop and I wanted the inner branches to receive more light so I was selective.
I think that the tree would benefit from a tilt at repotting time so that the trunk is more vertical. We’ll see. I’ll branch prune and wire in the autumn.