"Backwoods", a Buckeye Burl carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 09-21-2014 05:32 PM 3489 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this piece “Back Woods”, a tree scene that I carved out of a piece of Curly, Buckeye Burl. It is really a great piece of wood. The scene depicts a Conifer Tree living life on the edge of a Forest Cliff. There are remnants of an old tree stump just above. There is a lot of detail in these tree carvings. I have been enjoying carving hearts in the trunks of the last few tree carvings. Just a little loving touch.




It measures 17” tall x 11 7/8” wide x 1 1/8” thick

This Buckeye Burl is very rare and the most expensive of all the woods that I use. It comes from the foothills of the Sierras in central California. It grows in the clay soil so it is very difficult to harvest. It is often not a desirable tree to have in ones yard as it will disorient the bees and it’s leaves dye off before any of the other trees. It’s leaves are turning brown in the beginning of August a lot of times. But it is one of the koolest looking woods that I carve. I am always looking for pieces that will work. It is a root burl that is mixed in with the roots. It usually has a lot of voids and it is nearly impossible to find solid pieces that I can carve a tree scene in. I haven’t carved a tree scene in Buckeye for a very long time.

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.

This carving sold the first night I had it in my shop. This is the link to it:

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 09-21-2014 05:37 PM

Another great piece of art. Interesting variation of colours on this one, as if it was done at dusk. Wonderful.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 05:51 PM

Wiz, this is another beautiful carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 05:54 PM

Wiz what a great piece of wood you have worked for this carving!
I always enjoy looking at your pieces!!!

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

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 05:54 PM

Great piece, Gary. you sure used that black color of the wood to enhance the beauty of the carving. Nice going!!...............Jim

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

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 06:40 PM

Outstanding carving (as usual)... and it looks especially well with that Buckeye. Congrats on the quick sale!

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

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 07:28 PM

Unbelievably, beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 07:46 PM

wow, that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 09-21-2014 11:11 PM

Amazing work very Beautiful

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 09-21-2014 11:25 PM

Master piece Gary ! there is a staggering amount of fine detail in there Amazing work ..

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL 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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#10 posted 09-21-2014 11:46 PM

Another beautiful carving, but what really sets this piece apart is the striking and unusual wood with its outstanding burl.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 09-21-2014 11:54 PM

All of your carvings are awe inspiring but this one is extra special!
You are a very gifted artist. Keep em coming!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 12:13 AM

this one has some beautiful color, the carving is perfect and spot on.

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

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#13 posted 09-22-2014 12:45 AM

Gary, this one has exceptional colours and your work is truly artistic.
I love it.
Thank you for sharing.


-- 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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#14 posted 09-22-2014 01:40 AM

Aside from being a fantastic artist to begin with, any recommendations on how to sell your work? You seem to do really well on etsy. Did you do any sort of marketing?

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#15 posted 09-22-2014 01:47 AM

Prettiese one yet Wiz

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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