I absolutely adore the movement and the display of nebari. Unfortunately, I have to say as well that the jin looks man made and as Clicio suggested, I would get rid of it as is capturing the attention of the viewer in a bad way. That being said, could you please tell me what kind of yew do you have? Is it Japanese or European?
and am thinking about a pot, but I may wait a couple of years on that.
what are your thoughts?
I don´t know the backgrounds of the tree. When you bought it did you ask when it was last repotted?
If it´s been less than a year, maybe it wouldn´t hurt leaving it in the pot for another year or maybe two (they are slow growers after all), so the tree might get properly settled. In the meantime you can work the upper part, branches, bark, etc. If, on the contrary, has been in the pot for a long time and it is root bound, maybe repotting next spring before the new buds begging to extend might be the right thing to do.
As a side note... Do keep in mind that these trees don´t enjoy to much having wet feet. So, a free draining mix might help your repotting case, if needed.
I absolutely adore the movement and the display of nebari.
Interesting how we see things differently. I do not find the roots particularly good looking. They are course, not radially spread out, not very refined.
Of course this is a starting tree (and a good one) and this can be improved.