|Project by wiz||posted 08-07-2014 02:30 AM||1325 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I introduce to you “East Side Will” the Elf Wizard. He’s a very light hearted soul. He is always cheery, even under huge pressure. “East Side Will” has such a wonderful energy and lifts the spirits of all that he is around. He is inspiring to all that he meets. He loves passing on his Wizdom but is a very good listener. Peace and Joy are always with him, wherever he goes. He is loved by all and welcomed in all woodland gatherings. I really like the way he turned out!! There is a lot of detail in this carving.
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I have flattened the back so that he hangs on the wall. He measures 11” tall x 3 1/2” wide x 3” deep.
He is carved out of an old growth pine knot. A pine knot is what a branch does when it goes into the trunk of a pine tree. The tree dies, rots and falls over, and the trunk eventually rots away leaving the knot. Very few of these are good to carve as the sun bakes them and eventually the critters eat them. It is my favorite wood to carve faces and fish with.
The pine knots do change color over time. Some change quickly and some change slowly. They go from a light yellow to an orange color, I am assuming from the UV light. Some are deeper orange than others. The orange color is a much warmer color than the yellow. I like it just as well.
Here’s a little story about the Earth Wizards. In the beginning, the Creator noticed the trees were defenseless. Hence He fashioned Wood Elves and Elf Wizards, kind spirited folk who labored at nurturing the trees and protecting them from those with little understanding of The Way.
Trees contain a wisdom of the past and offer hope for the future. The Elves and Wizards live on, though few in number compared to the Unknowing. Our well being depends upon our trees and environment being protected and held close to our hearts. Please help the Elves and Wizards; hold the Earth close to your heart.
-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com