|Project by wiz||posted 01-13-2015 12:09 AM||2450 views||3 times favorited||22 comments|
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!! :
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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, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com