In creating a bonsai from rought stock there are some typical steps in the process.
Two young rooted cuttings of Ficus craterostoma
Cuttings are allowed to grow vigorously without cutting them back or other training
Using plastic ties the two trunks were brought tightly together to let them fuse and thicken up the trunk
Again vigorous growth to help with fusion of the small trunks
Trees shortened and all branches cut to a roughly triangular silhouette for the tree. Lower branches are temporary and kept to thicken the trunk
Low branches have been kep to help thicken the lower trunk.
Once again the tree will be allowed to grow wildly until it is time to select branches to keep and branches to remove and some preliminary wiring to shape.