"Oak Ravine" A Wood Carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the Treewiz

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I call this carving “Oak Ravine”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. 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. I really like the little bit of bark in the lower left side that I was able to work in.




It measures 13” tall x 8 1/2” wide x 1 1/8” 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 308 days ago

WOW…...........That is sweet carving. A real piece of art. Nice going!!.......................Jim

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#2 posted 308 days ago

That is amazing. What a work of art.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 308 days ago

WOW, greatest carving ever. So amazing the focus you have and ability to create so fine of pieces. I’m sure there are no scale drawings to follow. Fantastic.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#4 posted 308 days ago

Another amazing carving, so perfect in miniature scale. Just like the Japanese Bonsai is a perfect miniature of the full size tree or plant so your creations are like little Bonsai carvings in of the full size tree. Just amazing stuff.

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

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#5 posted 308 days ago

You have the patience of Job! it is a beautiful piece, and as you say, just looking at it brings stories into your mind…lovely!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 308 days ago

Beautiful carving.

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

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#8 posted 308 days ago

Another nice one, 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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#9 posted 308 days ago

Thanks everyone for you very kind words! I really appreciate it!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#10 posted 308 days ago

Nice skills.

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#11 posted 308 days ago

Amazing art!

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#12 posted 306 days ago

Your carvings are so intricate, and beautiful. WowZa!!

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

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#13 posted 267 days ago

Holly cow, what can I say that has not been said. Beautiful.

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#14 posted 267 days ago

Beautiful carving, Wiz!



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#15 posted 267 days ago

Thanks so much, everyone!! I really appreciate it!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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