"Tall Oak Ravine" a Maple Burl wood carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 08-31-2014 03:19 PM 3638 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this carving “Tall Oak Ravine”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace on the edge of a small backwoods ravine. 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.



It measures 18 1/2” tall x 7 1/4” wide x 1” thick

This piece 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 08-31-2014 03:22 PM

Beautiful piece, Gary! You have been busy!!.......Jim

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

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 05:41 PM

Very nicely done Gary. I have to agree with you about being near them. Inspiring is the word that comes to mind. Your carving represents them well.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 08-31-2014 06:18 PM

im sure you know this gary but its under trees like these that i meet up with the gang and here so many great stories…the shade they provide and very relaxing, lol…i love these carving, they give great thoughts…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-31-2014 09:31 PM

Another wonderful piece Gary.
This may be one of my favourites.
So alive with detail and stories.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 10:09 PM

Your pieces are always masterful. Wish I had one on my wall.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 12:03 AM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-01-2014 12:24 AM

Always…. leaving me genuinely impressed !

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

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 01:05 AM

Man, I wish I had your skill.
That is gorgeous.
Thank you for showing.


-- 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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#9 posted 09-01-2014 03:16 PM

Love the trees, Wiz :) Always beautiful :)


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#10 posted 09-02-2014 11:45 AM

Realy like your woodworking stuff! Any video?

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-02-2014 12:20 PM

Great work!

The only way I think I could do the leaves is to glue sawdust back on after I messed it all up.

As always great job!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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