|Project by wiz||posted 02-27-2016 02:54 AM||1099 views||3 times favorited||25 comments|
I haven’t posted here for quite some time. We just are finishing up with a very long move. I had no idea how much wood I had and tools and other stuff. I feel a little like a hoarder. But we are finally here in Port Orford, Oregon and loving it!! Hope to be posting more. This is the first tree carving that I have completed in my new shop.
I call this carving “Groovin’ ”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace with it’s little Pine Tree buddy. Boo Bear just loves his home in the woods. I makes him smile all the time as he dances and shares his joy with any he crosses paths with. 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. There is a lot of detail in these carvings. The Oak Trees are my favorite kind of Trees to carve. I love the over all shape of this piece.
It measures 22” tall x 14 3/4” wide x 1 3/4” thick. It hangs on the wall. I don’t do nearly as many tree carvings as I used to. I used to only carve tree scenes. A little harder on my hands now days. But if I pace myself I still get to do them.
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This piece is Big Leaf Mapbe 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 throughout the Burl. Sometimes it is caused by stress. 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