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

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I named “The Picnic Tree”. It is a wall hanging depicting a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in the woods. The kind of tree I would want to have a wonderful picnic under. With my best friends. Just relaxing and joking and having a great time. There is a lot of detail in this carving. it is one of my favorite Oak Tree carvings. It measures 21” tall x 16” wide x 2” thick. This piece is as thick as I can carve using my technique. It has a lot of depth. These Oak Tree carvings are my favorite pieces.



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.

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple Burl. The grain is really something to look at! 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 sort of like a wart on a person. It doesn’t seem to affect the tree much at all. Big Leaf Maples can burl in the root and all up the tree, even out on the small branches some times. Other trees might only burl in the root and others only above ground. I feel so fortunate to have these trees growing in my area!

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 299 days ago

This is another nice piece, Wiz.

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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#2 posted 299 days ago

Very Nice!

-- Dana

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#4 posted 299 days ago

This is my favorite to date. Really beautiful work. About how many hours does a project like this take from start to finish?


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#5 posted 299 days ago

These are great! I like seeing the detail. Do you use a power carver?

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-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 299 days ago

Another beautiful carving, you really do know trees, they look so perfect…excellent work.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 299 days ago

Thanks so much you guys!

I use all power tools, Underdog. Mostly a Dremel.

Thanks, Bentwood. I’m guessing it took 20-25 hours. I did it last year and it seems like it took 3 1/2 days.


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#9 posted 299 days ago

That’s ridiculous. Great work.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#10 posted 299 days ago

Wow !!! Very nice.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#11 posted 298 days ago

Gee-Whiz Wiz ~ Treemendous carving technique… as usual.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 298 days ago

That’s just fantastic!

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#13 posted 298 days ago

Talk about attention to detail…wow! You have mastered your craft.

-- RETIRED...nuff said!

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#14 posted 296 days ago

Super fantastic!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 294 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous and stunning tree carving. Like every wonderful detail of the perfect tree. Excellent work!

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