Start with a tappered dowel with a peice of 1.5mm floristwire stuck in the top...
after that twistin and turning 0.6mm floristwire around the top
Drill holes in the wooden trunk sticking in some .6mm floristwire and secure them with CA. Cut the loops open and arrange them.Quick coat of primer with a rattlecan..
Give the treetop a coat with a mixture of 50% white glue / 25% wallsealant / 25% RAL 8022 colored latex wallpaint and a coat with MDF sawdust with a fine sieve. Reoeat this step a few times untill the transition between the wireframe and the dowel is almost unseeable
Just play around a bit untill it looks like the tree you want it to look like..
Tried a loblolly pine here..
Now they are ready for fibers. Explain these steps later..
Maybe I´ll give it a try and plant one in my garden see if it withstand the wet weather here in Holland Dunno about the weather conditions on the Mogellon, seen it snowed..but looking at the trees on the Mogellon you use ordinairy scenic materials like WS, natural branches and so on. Maybe you should give it a try and try a few. Always seal them with an spraycan matte laquer so it´s possible they could withstand it being outside..
Thanks Martin for the lacquer idea. Probably if I shot the trees with several heavy coats it would keep them OK. I will use the wire armature route, I imagine making trees and then soldering them all together for outdoor strength. The fibers you use for needles-who makes them? You probably mentioned it but I'm an old dude and may have forgotten. I don't need a forest of trees, but I would like some that look like yours.