In bonsai the treasured type of material that we look for it the type no one in their right mind would want as landscaping material. We are always looking for the trees that have had the hardest lives, and have truly struggled to stay alive. So as I’m looking over my Simpson’s Stopper I am reminded about the hard life of this tree.
The center of the tree had been cut (during collecting) and has died back a bit. However this wood is very hard and the tree is healthy even with the damage.
Additionally the trunk both front and back show signs of the damage cause by this large cut. So some carving will be needed to clean up this wound and reduce the mass of the large chunky deadwood.