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"Big Oak Flat" is a Maple Burl carving by Gary Wiz Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 07-09-2014 09:08 PM 1991 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this carving “Big Oak Flat”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. I love being in the midst of these wonderful creatures. It makes me warm inside just to hang out around them. They offer shade, food and sanctuary for many. There is a lot of detail in this carving. It is my favorite kind of Tree to carve. I love this long shape. It offers a lot of room for woodland detail.

TO SEE THIS CARVING IN MY ETSY SHOP YOU CAN CLICK ON THIS LINK:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/195690036/5th-wood-wedding-anniversary-gift-tree?ref=listing-0

TO SEE ALL OF MY TREE CARVINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE CLICK:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreeWizWoodCarvings?section_id=6599799

TO GO TO MY SHOP CLICK: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TreeWizWoodCarvings

It measures 8 3/8” tall x 26 1/4” wide x 1” thick

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple. It has Burl, Curly and some really fun figuring in the grain. 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.

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, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com





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dpow

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 09:21 PM

Wonderful carving, wish I had your patience and talent.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 09:25 PM

Simply stunning work!

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 09:28 PM

Awesome, once again.

There is an old gold rush town 5 miles to our west called Big Oak Flat. :-)

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 09:28 PM

And, I love the fact that you share your fantastic carvings with the LJ community. Thanks for showing us this beautiful piece.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 09:47 PM

gosh dang it…right on bro…you are an amazing carver, you never disappoint… i can look at your work for hours and have so many things come to mind, its like sitting and looking at a field of flowers…that is what art is, and you sir are an artist…

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 10:12 PM

wow its so intricate!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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#7 posted 07-09-2014 10:38 PM

Wis, you amaze me with every project you make. Great carving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 10:38 PM

Looks like a desert pine. Beautiful design.

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#9 posted 07-09-2014 10:43 PM

Amazing work of art.

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#10 posted 07-09-2014 11:24 PM

Gary, GREAT!!!!!!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 07-09-2014 11:36 PM

Amazing, fantastic detail.
The tree (limbs) on the left appears to be taking on human forms.
There are certainly stories to be told in your work.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#12 posted 07-10-2014 12:59 AM

Absolutely beautiful Gary.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 07-10-2014 01:02 AM

Always a treat to see your work. Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 07-10-2014 01:31 AM

I get eye strain just looking at the beautiful details on your work. Awesome job.

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

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#15 posted 07-10-2014 01:40 AM

Wonderful artistry once again. The hearts are a nice touch. Love seeing your work.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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