Pierced Relief Wood Carving called "Forest Chat"

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Pierced Relief Wood Carving called "Forest Chat"
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I call this carving “Forest Chat”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time on top of a dry ravine. It spends it time whispering to the small fir tree beneath. The two birds love this private spot. A place to reflect on the goings on of the Deep Woods. There is a lot of detail in this carving. Oak Trees are my favorite kind of Tree to carve.



It measures 20” tall x 8 7/8” wide x 1 3/8” thick. These Oak Trees are the most tedious to carve and the most time consuming to make of all my carvings. But they are my favorite to look at and enjoy. I love the challenge! I really love the way this one turned out.

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple. It is Burl grain throughout the piece. A burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an agro bacteria. The tree starts sending out a huge number of buds showing birds eye grain through out the burl. As it to isolate the bacteria. 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,

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Francois Vigneron

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 08:43 PM

Your work is amazing ! Welcome to LJ.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 12:01 AM

Love these – they fascinate me! One of these days (post retirement) I’ll get some time to make one! ... Nice job!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 07:45 AM

Amazing. Great craftsmanship!

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 04:11 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 04:50 PM

You shouldn’t be allowed on this site…..LOL…..Outstanding work…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 03:16 AM

Beautiful piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 02:19 PM

Awesome carving! Great design and great carving on the gorgeous burl. Excellent work!

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 02:58 PM

You are quite a talented woodcarver, wiz. This one is also very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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