|Project by wiz||posted 06-22-2015 12:34 AM||1378 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I call this piece “Fun Day with Mom”. It’s a cliff tree scene showing Momma Bear climbing with her Baby Cub that I carved out of one piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It is really a great piece of wood! This piece depicts a Conifer Tree living life at the bottom of a cliff. Baby Bear is learning how to live in the wilderness with Momma Bear. Momma is showing some technique right here. I love the natural or live edge on this piece on the bottom. It is a great contrast to the sanded, smooth portions. This wall hanging measures 16 1/2” tall x 8” wide x 1 1/4” thick
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It’s a beautiful piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. 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. Out of all of the Maple trees, there are very few that have Burls on them.
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