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"Reach for the Sky" is a Maple Burl tree carving by Gary "wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 02-21-2015 11:30 PM 1265 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fun new Oak Tree carving that I carved out of Maple Burl. Haven’t been doing as many of these!
This piece measurements are 17 5/8” tall x 7 3/4” wide x 1 1/4” thick. It comes ready to hang on the wall.

I call this carving “Reach for the Sky”. 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 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. This is a lot of tree for a piece this size. I used to make the trees a lot smaller within the frame, that is all one piece with the tree. It takes a lot more time to make one like this but I love how dramatic the effect is. There is just so much to look at for a piece this size.

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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. It is getting a lot harder to find!

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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oldrivers

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 11:38 PM

A beautiful work of art. Thanks for sharing.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 12:09 AM

Wonderfully done Gary.
I imagine that you would have been able to get a whole forest, complete with all of the animals, carved inside this burl???

Your carvings are always a delight to see.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 12:36 AM

Beautiful Gary

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 01:12 AM

That is a beautiful piece!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 02-22-2015 01:18 AM

That is so kool, Druid!! Thanks for sharing. Thank you all for your kind words!!

<(B^)

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com

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#6 posted 02-22-2015 02:08 AM

Your work continues to leave me in awe.

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

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#7 posted 02-22-2015 03:52 AM

That is wonderful Gary, you do such beautiful work.
I love it and thanks for sharing.
Bob.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-22-2015 01:06 PM

Always fantastic and intricate

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#9 posted 02-22-2015 02:16 PM

i love your carvings, but i do have to say i’m partial to the guys, i hope they are all staying warm and enjoying the winter time there…on the warmer days that are out and about hanging out under the trees like this one sharing stories….yep that is what i imagine…...

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

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#10 posted 02-22-2015 02:51 PM

Unbelievable that anyone could put that much detail in a carving. Beautiful doesn’t come close to describing this.

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#11 posted 02-22-2015 06:12 PM

beautiful work

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:34 AM

I always said nice words for carving but I must mention also very beautiful rounded/elipse frames arround trees.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 04:47 AM

Sweet carving, Gary

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

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 05:42 PM

Beautiful carving!

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