"Cozy in the Woods" a Maple Burl pierced relief carving of an Oak Tree by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 01-13-2015 12:09 AM 2325 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted for a while. Been very busy! But I did want to share this one. One of my recent favorites!

This piece measures 21 1/4” tall x 13” wide x 1 5/8” thick. This is one of the thickest pieces that I have done a tree in for a while. It adds a lot to the depth of a piece this size. This is a very special shape. I have only done a few pieces that had such a great natural shape. It is all natural edge or live edge they call it. : )

I call this carving “Cozy in the Woods”. 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 and reminds me of being present. They offer shade, food and sanctuary for us and many of the forest critters. There is a lot of detail in this little carving. It is my favorite kind of Tree to carve. I love the over all shape of this piece and how the tree fills the inside space. I carved a heart in the base of the trunk. Love and Gratitude!! :




This piece 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,

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 12:31 AM

Gary this is a Masterpiece . Very inspiring it oozes great skill and is Timeless . Wonderful work well done Mr treewiz.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#2 posted 01-13-2015 12:49 AM

Wow! That’s beautiful!!

-- Angie, If dogs don't go to heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go!

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 01:22 AM

Superlative. This one is utter perfection. I can’t heap sufficient praise here. I’m dumbfounded.

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#4 posted 01-13-2015 01:33 AM

Congratulations Gary, Beautiful work, wood and finish.
This one is outstanding.
Thank you for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 01-13-2015 02:06 AM

Impressive, and as always, I love the detail.

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#6 posted 01-13-2015 02:36 AM

One of my favorites too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 01-13-2015 02:53 AM

An oak in maple. I see what you did there Gare-bear.

Edit: by the way, I’d have to say this carving is pretty good.

Edit of the edit: like a 5 out of 4.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 01-13-2015 03:30 AM

Another Stunner Wiz! Yeah- Knocked it out of the park.

Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 01-13-2015 08:25 AM

Absolutely amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 01-13-2015 04:24 PM

Awesome carving with amazing detail.

-- 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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#11 posted 01-13-2015 07:21 PM

Thats what I hate about LJs, you are feeling really good about you work and then BAM some one hits you between the eyes with some masterpiece like this and you realize you have so far to go…

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#12 posted 01-13-2015 07:47 PM

You all are so kind! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!! I sure appreciate it!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#13 posted 01-13-2015 08:29 PM

Beautiful as always. Could you recommend a good rotary tool (if that is what you use)

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#14 posted 01-13-2015 08:49 PM

Also, the finish looks great. What did you use?

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#15 posted 01-13-2015 09:48 PM

Hey Doc!

I use Dremels. I really like the 4000 with the hand piece. I have several of them with different bits. I use these for the rough out stage. If I need something more powerful, I have a couple of old heavy duty dremels that I can put a 1/4” shank in or I might use a dye grinder. I use the variable speed Dremels for sanding drums, diamond burrs and wire wheels on a low speed. I like to you use the single speed Dremels for the smaller bits like a small cone or inverted cones. I have a dozen different Dremels hanging around my bench with a different bit in each. I feel the tools hold up longer this way in that one isn’t on all day. Especially in the Summer when it is hot out. They can heat up and it shortens their life I feel. And I like picking a Dremel with the bit ready to go. One goes off and another goes on. I love it!!
I use Ace brand Clear Premium Enamel in a spray can. I get it at my local Ace Hardware store. It only comes in gloss so I use Deft Satin Lacquer as a last coat to take the sheen down. I spray my projects on a lazy susan with a light on the opposite side so the light bounces off of the project as I spray. I do this in front of my exhaust fan. I just have a hole in my shop wall the size of a 3 speed fan I got at the hardware store. I use a hair dryer to dry the finish as i go so that I have the whole piece finished in one shot. I don’t have a good place to let things dry without getting dusty. I steel wool between coats with 00 steel wool. If I don’t care for how the last coat goes on I will steel wool with 0000 steel wool and then buff it out with a buffing wheel on a drill.

Hope this helps, Doc!!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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