Buckeye Burl Carved Heart by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 218 days ago 885 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love this wood! There is some cracking, there are blemishes, there is natural edge, and a whole lot of imagination to make this a Heart. Even though it has a lot of bark in places, it is a pretty solid piece. I love the upper right lobe. It’s not for those who want a perfect Heart. But what is a perfect heart? It shows the traces of a Trying, Bumpy Journey that is still obviously so very full of Love. Life just isn’t easy. There is much in Life that is testing and gives us contrast and value for the amazing moments. I wouldn’t want it any other way.



The colors in this wood are so warm and there is a lot of character to the color contrast. This is a Buckeye Burl. It is a very rare wood. It grows in the foothills of the Sierra’s in California. It grows in the Eastern US but this is a little bit more like a small bushy tree rather than a large trunked tree like in the East. And the one on the West Coast burls. It is a tricky tree to harvest because of the clay soil it grows in. When the soil is dry, it is harder than the wood. When the soil is wet, it is too slippery for the back hoe to get in and dig it out. The cost of the wood adds a lot to the price of the Heart. This piece was really expensive but it is hard to find pieces that will work at all. I had this piece for some time and couldn’t figure how to use it. I pondered many options before I went with this design. Not only is it expensive and tricky to design but packing and shipping play a large part in the price as well. This is why the Buckeye pieces are more expensive than the other woods for their size. It is a root burl so there aren’t a lot of solid pieces as the burl is mixed in with the roots and grows right around rocks and dirt pockets. It can make it tricky to work sometimes if there is a rock inside when you go to mill it or start working it. It is very challenging but really worth the extra effort. I feel very blessed to have a few pieces of Buckeye to work with.

It measures 21” tall x 14 3/4” wide x 2 1/4” thick

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 218 days ago

Terrific wood. The carving looks great.
Can I venture and say it’s a broken heart too? :)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 218 days ago

Very cool! The crack and missing bit of the heart really do seem to symbolize an incomplete or broken heart. And yet despite its crack, the heart is still so beautiful, vibrant, rich, colorful, and seems to shine. So I love the craftsmanship and the symbolism! Well done!

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#3 posted 218 days ago

Spectacular wood and a perfect finnish

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 218 days ago

Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 218 days ago

This ’’stone’’ wood looks magnificant! Nicely shaped!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 218 days ago

Looks like some sort of stone. Way kool.

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

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#7 posted 218 days ago

I love buckeye burl, great heart.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 218 days ago

Beautiful, interesting piece. Looks like black persimmon wood.

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#9 posted 217 days ago

You’re right. That is an amazing piece of wood – you put it to a great use!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 213 days ago

Awesome heart carving with awesome finish. You did justice to the gorgeous wood, excellent job!

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 212 days ago

Sweet carving, Gary!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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