Black Walnut carved wall heart by Gary Wiz Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 03-26-2014 03:11 PM 1671 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wonderful piece of Walnut. I had a Walnut tree trunk for a couple of years thinking that I might carve a chair out of it. I never did and finally milled it about 3 years ago. I have been letting it dry and then I sort of forgot about it. I saw it the other day and it clicked. I had no idea what the grain was going to be like. I was pleasantly surprised. There is some nice figure in the grain and some great coloring. And I love how the shape turned out. This is a pretty large heart and makes quite a statement. Especially with the color contrast on a light colored wall. I carved a little ripple in the tail that adds to the whimsical feel to the piece.
I draw the heart on the wood, cut it out with a jig saw, ruff it out with a chain saw, finish grinding the shape with an angle grinder, then sand with a random orbit sander. Finished with Ace brand Premium Enamel in a spray can and buffed out.



It measures 33” tall x 16” wide x 2” thick

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 03:13 PM

Walnut is a beautiful wood indeed and this one os realy nicely shaped.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 03:15 PM

Beautiful work. Awesome wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 03:43 PM

Beautiful work, nicely done.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 06:11 PM

Sweet design and the most beautiful grain!!

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

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 08:43 PM

Incredible Bold Statement :: Grand piece of Stunning Timber :: Great Vision and thats some process to go through but what a Lovely Finnish. Very Good.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 10:38 PM

Beautiful! I love the how the grain pattern turned out!


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#7 posted 03-26-2014 10:50 PM

Beautiful wood grain – looks like a butterfly at the bottom. I can only hope that the walnut trees in my back yard have such beautiful grain. Thanks for sharing!

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 11:04 PM

I always said you had a big heart, Wiz. Beautiful wood…. and the heart displays that well. One of these days when I win the lotto, it would be cool to have a whole wall full of your carved hearts. Quite a display!

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

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 12:06 AM

That sure is a beautiful piece of walnut, and an excellent job on the carving. Love the finish too.

You are a true Craftsman.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 03-27-2014 12:12 AM

Thank you all so much. I appreciate your very kind words! It means a lot!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#11 posted 03-27-2014 02:46 PM

I’m glad there was a photo with your hand in it. I looked at the first picuture and was thinking it was 6-8 inches. Holy cow, this is a great piece. Great job.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#12 posted 03-28-2014 11:59 AM

Really nice and smooth and flowing design

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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