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

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Project by wiz posted 10-26-2013 02:30 AM 3377 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 10-26-2013 02:52 AM

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

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#2 posted 10-26-2013 03:33 AM

That is amazing. What a work of art.

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#3 posted 10-26-2013 04:52 AM

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 10-26-2013 09:34 AM

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.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 10-26-2013 11:49 AM

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 10-26-2013 12:33 PM

Beautiful carving.

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#7 posted 10-26-2013 01:35 PM


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#8 posted 10-26-2013 01:38 PM

Another nice one, Wiz.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 10-26-2013 03:41 PM

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


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 05:44 PM

Nice skills.

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#11 posted 10-26-2013 06:32 PM

Amazing art!

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#12 posted 10-28-2013 01:32 PM

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

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#13 posted 12-06-2013 11:21 PM

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

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#14 posted 12-07-2013 01:18 AM

Beautiful carving, Wiz!



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#15 posted 12-07-2013 02:02 AM

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


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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