|Project by wiz||posted 08-31-2015 03:54 PM||1713 views||2 times favorited||21 comments|
This carving measures 29” tall x 12 1/2” wide x 2” thick. I carved it out of a piece of figured Big Leaf Maple. I call this carving “Reach for the Sky”. This carving depicts a steady old Elm Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. There is a lot of detail in this 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 haven’t made an Elm Tree carving this size for years. I really enjoyed the challenge. It’s fun becoming immersed in the detail.
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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 feel like I am at my peak in my career right now. I am 65 and have learned so much all these years. I started carving 1971 and a tree was the first carving I did. I have always been stimulated to carve a resemblance of a tree out of the wood 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 a story about. Sometimes a different story each time we look at it and sometimes the same one. I sure enjoy carving!
-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com