JBP progress, could use some pointers

My JBP is 18 months old now and lives outside, south facing.

I have pretty much left it to its own devices and it seems pretty happy. It does seem to be growing candles at a rapid pace still even though its coming to winter in uk.

At what point do you think i should start trying to shape/style?

Also it does have quite a few very long curly needles, is this normal?

I’d wait another month or two and then wire the tree. When wiring, keep in mind how big you want the tree to become and plan the shape accordingly.

The needles look fine, btw.