"Stand Alone Pine" a Maple Burl Wood Carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 06-29-2014 04:29 PM 1361 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Ooak Original Wood Carving that I call “Stand alone Pine”, a tree scene that I carved out of a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It is really a great piece of wood. It depicts a lone Conifer Tree living life on the edge of a small Forest Ravine. I love these little ravines when I happen by while on a forest stroll. I always wonder what it’s like way down in the depths of the deepest ravines. It looks so cozy and cool. There’s a feeling of Life’s eternal evolution and change. They’re truly Magic Spots to me. But so many times only the Birds and the Fish really know what it’s like down there.





It measures 16 3/4” tall x 8 1/2” wide x 1 1/8” thick

A burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an agro bacteria. It starts sending out a huge number of buds showing birds eye grain through out the burl. It is very unusual and is very interesting to look at. Curly is often a compression of the grain right under large branches.

The technique I use is called Pierced Relief. It is carved out of one piece of wood and nothing is added. I have been carving since 1971 and a tree was the first carving I did. I have always been stimulated to carve a resemblance of a tree out of a tree. My technique has evolved over all of these years to what you see here. I keep seeing ways to make things more life like. And I love a piece to look like it is in the middle of a story that each observer can make up. Sometimes a different story each time we look at it and sometimes the same one. I love giving a piece the feeling of action. Sometimes tranquil and sometimes playful. I love it all.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 04:33 PM

Wow can you ever make an ordinary piece of wood into a masterpiece. Super carving!!..Jim

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 05:32 PM

Very nice work. Great finish on beautiful wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 06:05 PM

Great carving Wiz.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 06:07 PM

That may have been a great piece of wood when you started, but it is a work of art now. Great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 06:25 PM

Stunning- wow.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 07:04 PM

Wonderful as usual. Excellent piece of art.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 07:26 PM


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#8 posted 06-29-2014 07:34 PM

Another cool job,wiz.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 07:37 PM

Awesome carving…I know exactly what you feel about those really secluded and unique spots in the woods. That is one of the great things about nature and the outdoors.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 06-29-2014 09:10 PM

Gary, that’s a beautiful piece. You truly are a wood “Wiz”. I’m the same way about wondering what’s in the deepest ravines, as I’m sure are most folks here. Cozy, cool and magic describe the feeling well, as does this carving.

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#11 posted 06-29-2014 10:46 PM

Standing proud for sure. WowZa! Really like your carvings.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 06-29-2014 10:49 PM

Had to see what the buzz was about. Exquisite! Incredible! Magnifique!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#13 posted 06-29-2014 11:08 PM

this carving is so dramatic to me, and you are right about ravines, there is a life going on down there that is just magical, and they do look cozy and cool, i could imagine a small stream going by, with a pool here and there that the trout gather in….frogs on the edge, looking for flies…and every now and then a splash of water from a trout diving for an insect…water splashing up onto the lone tree..and then you stop to just listen, and the sounds of the ravine tell you that there is a beautiful life going on, day by day, day time, night time….glimmers of sunlight here and there….just magic…that is what i get from your beautiful caving…just perfect.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 06-30-2014 12:18 AM

Beautiful work!

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#15 posted 06-30-2014 12:28 AM

You are definitely the master of the tree carvings! If lifelike is your goal, YOU SUCCEEDED! This is such a peaceful piece.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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