|Project by wiz||posted 09-21-2014 05:32 PM||2494 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
I call this piece “Back Woods”, a tree scene that I carved out of a piece of Curly, Buckeye Burl. It is really a great piece of wood. The scene depicts a Conifer Tree living life on the edge of a Forest Cliff. There are remnants of an old tree stump just above. There is a lot of detail in these tree carvings. I have been enjoying carving hearts in the trunks of the last few tree carvings. Just a little loving touch.
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It measures 17” tall x 11 7/8” wide x 1 1/8” thick
This Buckeye Burl is very rare and the most expensive of all the woods that I use. It comes from the foothills of the Sierras in central California. It grows in the clay soil so it is very difficult to harvest. It is often not a desirable tree to have in ones yard as it will disorient the bees and it’s leaves dye off before any of the other trees. It’s leaves are turning brown in the beginning of August a lot of times. But it is one of the koolest looking woods that I carve. I am always looking for pieces that will work. It is a root burl that is mixed in with the roots. It usually has a lot of voids and it is nearly impossible to find solid pieces that I can carve a tree scene in. I haven’t carved a tree scene in Buckeye for a very long time.
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.
This carving sold the first night I had it in my shop. This is the link to it: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/227898946?
-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com