Oak Tree Wood Carving in Maple Burl by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 10-20-2013 06:14 PM 6001 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. It has a heart at the base of the trunk. Though I carved it in, it depicts a scar in the trunk from an injury many years before. It has healed into a symbol for Love. There is a lot of detail in this carving. It is my favorite kind of Tree to carve. This piece is very rustic. It has most of the natural burl edge around the outside edge and has many signs were beetle larva once lived. I have treated the wood so that no one is living in there anymore. It adds a natural element to the piece.

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It measures 15” tall x 13 1/4” wide x 1 1/4” thick. These Oak Trees 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 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.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 10:08 PM

Another masterpiece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 10:18 PM

EPIC. that sir, is EPIC. what an absolutely beautiful piece. how many hours did that take you, if you mind me asking. and what tools do you use to get this kind of detail?

-- David Milton colville washington

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#4 posted 10-21-2013 12:00 AM

Thank you everyone!! I think that one took around 12 hours, David. I mostly use a Dremel tool on everything except the hearts. I also use a jig saw, plunge router, dye grinder, angle grinder, and sanders (3×21 belt sander, 1 1/8×21 belt sander, and random orbit sanders)


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#5 posted 10-21-2013 01:21 AM

beautiful carving. The oak tree looks great and the burl frame surrounding it really creates a wonderful picture. That is an outstanding piece.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 10-21-2013 03:36 AM

Phenomenal! I agree with the others, we would all like to watch your skills at work.


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#7 posted 10-21-2013 06:01 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 11:28 AM

This is phenomenal! WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-21-2013 08:26 PM

Nicely done !

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 02:17 PM

Stunning piece and awesome carving! Incredible work on that gorgeous wood. You have a great eye for beauty.

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 04:47 PM

You’ve got a nice style. Good work.

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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#12 posted 10-27-2013 09:36 PM

i just saw the dancing bears carving in a video taken at “Its a Burl” in kerby. that place is like a treasure trove. is that your base of opperations?
what an awesome life you must have.
i hope to be in that kind of environment before too long.

-- David Milton colville washington

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#13 posted 10-27-2013 09:53 PM

I have been best friends with Harvey and Joy Shinerock for more than 25 years, David. I was there full time from 2003-2008. Now I have a shop at my home. It was a great time there for sure. I got to do some things I would never be able to do anywhere else. I carved things all over the place. Really fun!
Harvey passed away about 3 months ago. They hope to keep it open. I sure hope they are able!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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