"Sea Breeze" a Buckeye wood carving of a Coastal Cypress by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Sorry for not posting in so long. I have been so busy with carving and working our property. But this is a fun one that I just finished.

I call this piece “Sea Breeze”, a tree scene that I carved out of a piece of figured Buckeye. It is really a great piece of wood. The scene depicts a Coastal Cypress Tree living life near an ocean cliff. 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. These Cypress trees are my favorite trees to look at. I love the flow and the energy that the wind instills in the trees in it’s path. It measures 13 1/2” tall x 13 1/2” wide x 1 3/8” thick. It comes ready to hang on the wall.





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.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 05-21-2015 07:53 PM

well gary i was wondering if you had carved a big tree got inside of it for a nap and was still was still in there sleeping, but it looks like you poked your head out…and here you are, showing your beautiful carving, i really like this one, i like the way you carved the spots where limbs use to be, they look very real, the whole carving is beautiful, good to see you back

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

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#2 posted 05-21-2015 08:58 PM

a wonderfully crafted piece.
The “Rocks” at the base are a superb touch.
Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 05-21-2015 10:00 PM

Wow a work of art, that is some real talent.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-21-2015 10:34 PM

Truly awesome work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-22-2015 12:18 AM

Gary, this is a truly magnificent piece of art.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
AWESOME to the Max.


-- 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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#6 posted 05-22-2015 01:51 AM

Very nicely done Gary. This is one of those pieces of art that invites the viewer to spend a lot of time contemplating all of the fine details.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 05-22-2015 03:28 AM

As always, great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 05-22-2015 12:41 PM

Super nice and intricate, as always.

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

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#9 posted 05-22-2015 01:48 PM

Besides trees, you always make such shiny and smooth frames.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-22-2015 06:10 PM

This is just amazing as is every carving I’ve seen of yours.

-- Don, -

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#11 posted 05-22-2015 06:17 PM

Thank you all so much. You are very kind! I appreciate all of your kind words!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#12 posted 05-23-2015 03:57 AM

Super carving, Gary!!

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

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#13 posted 05-25-2015 07:31 PM


-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#14 posted 05-25-2015 07:37 PM

Gary, this is another nice beauty. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 08-31-2015 05:54 PM

Re-examine and repeat, Wonderful, mesmerizing and immersed in the tale. Thanks…....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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