Oak Tree Wood Carving in Maple Burl

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Project by wiz posted 10-17-2013 06:44 PM 2751 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this piece. I call this carving “Sweet Spot”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. This is the kind of tree I love to hang out under on a warm, sunny day. 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 the link to this carving in my etsy shop:



It measures 10 3/8” tall x 7 1/4” wide x 1” thick

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple. It 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.

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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#1 posted 10-17-2013 08:01 PM

Awesome detail. Beautiful.

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 08:03 PM

It reminds me of the “tree of life” in Saudi Arabia. It looks awesome!

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 08:27 PM

great work

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 08:36 PM

Beautiful carving, great detail.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 08:56 PM

That is very beautiful Gary.

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#6 posted 10-17-2013 09:10 PM

wow that is a cool carving

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#7 posted 10-17-2013 09:18 PM

This is a very intricate kind of wood carving! How beautiful. Impressive.

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 10:27 PM

Very impressive! awesome job.

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 10:32 PM

Beautiful carving, great use of contrasting textures. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 11:05 PM

Thank you so much, everyone!!! I sure appreciate the welcome!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#11 posted 10-17-2013 11:07 PM

Very beautiful, really like the textures used.

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#12 posted 10-18-2013 12:50 AM

Absolutely outstanding!! You got it down. I checked out your site of other carvings. The dancing bears is awesome.
There all awesome !!

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#13 posted 10-18-2013 01:37 AM

Wow I envy your skill with carving. Very beautiful!

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#14 posted 10-18-2013 02:01 AM

You, my friend, are a true artist!

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#15 posted 10-18-2013 04:20 AM

Very Nice Work/Project Indeed!! Thanks For Posting!

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