|Project by wiz||posted 10-31-2013 06:30 PM||2201 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I carved this piece a couple of years ago. It is still for sale in my etsy shop. It’s the biggest piece that I have done for some time. I have it hanging in my living room and still get a kick out of it. There is something about dancing bears. I used to live in the Sierras and we had bears around us all of the time. I used to love imagining them doing all sorts of human endeavors. “Deep Forest Boogie” measures 35 1/2” tall x 18” wide and 1 3/4” thick. It depicts four bears having a good old time boogying in the deep woods. Two of them are partners and the other two are on their own.They have four birds enjoying their antics. The large tree has all kinds of detail. There is forest litter all around like a real forest scene.
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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.
It’s carved out of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It is spalted and has remnants of beetle larva that give it some added character. Spalting is when the molds and fungi start working on a piece. They leave unique coloring when caught at the right time. Once the wood is dry, the spalting stops. This is a wonderful piece of burl wood. I have had it for a very long time waiting for something fun to tell me that it was time.
-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com