|Project by wiz||posted 03-28-2014 02:18 AM||2640 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
I call this piece “Hangin’ out with Boo Bear”, a tree scene that I have carved out of one piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It depicts a conifer Tree living life on the edge of a Dry Creek Ravine with Boo Bear, Bird and his buddy Kuder. They are all having a wonderful afternoon visit. The day is grand and there is so much to share. They are such great buddies. They love hanging out even if there isn’t much to talk about. But this afternoon they are talking about how grateful they are to have each other and share their lives in this magical realm. They Love their lives together and are thankful for every moment.
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It measures 20 7/8” tall x 8 1/8” wide x 13/8” thick
It’s a beautiful piece of burl with Birds Eyes Grain throughout the piece. 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, http://www.treewiz.etsy.com