I have found an enjoyment in pruning that equates with an unfulfilled momentary desire to be a hairdresser. But having some fun with haircuts as a lay person and doing it day in and day out would be a different matter.
This way I have the fun of creating shapes and managing nature at my will.
One of the Castewallen Gold conifers that we decided to keep is situated at the front corner of the house. The tree people had lopped the top off, and over a period of years I have pruned and trimmed it into a reasonable shape and size. The ball on a stick is an attractive look, where you can attain some controlled height in a plant.