Personalized Heart Wood Carving, Buckeye Burl, by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Personalized Heart Wood Carving, Buckeye Burl, by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz
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The colors in this wood are so warm and there is a lot of character to the color contrast. This is a Buckeye Burl. It is a very rare wood. It grows in the foothills of the Sierra’s in California. It grows in the Eastern US but this is a little bit more like a small bushy tree rather than a large trunked tree like in the East. And this one burls. It is a tricky tree to harvest because of the clay soil it grows in. When the soil is dry, it is harder than the wood. When the soil is wet, it is too slippery for the back hoe to get in and dig it out. The cost of the wood adds a lot to the price of the Heart. This piece was really expensive but it is hard to find pieces that will work at all. I had this piece for some time and couldn’t figure how to use it. I pondered many options before I went with this design. Not only is it expensive and tricky to design but packing and shipping play a large part in the price as well. This is why the Buckeye pieces are more expensive than the other woods for their size. It is a root burl so there aren’t a lot of solid pieces as the burl is mixed in with the roots and grows right around rocks and dirt pockets. It can make it tricky to work sometimes if there is a rock inside when you go to mill it. It is very challenging but really worth the extra effort. I feel very blessed to have a few pieces of Buckeye to work with.

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To make this piece I drew the heart with pencil on the slab, cut it out with a jig saw, ruffed it out with an electric chain saw, shaped with an angle grinder, sanded it to 220 grit with a random orbit sander, and finished with Ace Premium Enamel and then Satin Deft Lacquer.

It measures 20 3/4” tall x 17” wide x 2 1/4” thick

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 07:50 PM

Yes it is warm and inviting, if you take a causal look at it, you can see so many possible things to see, from clouds, flying bird with somone sitting on itand even a tiger and/or lion on the right side, this piece is very interesting

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 11:05 PM

Awesomely sweet piece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 11:56 PM

Thanks so much, Norm!! I didn’t even notice all of those goodies!! How fun is that!!

And thank you Jim!!

Love your comments!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 02:56 AM

Wiz, this is just perfect. It is my style if I ever get into wood sculpting/grinding/abstraction/carving. The art is there and you have a knack at finding it.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 07-24-2015 09:15 PM

A piece impossible to reproduce,unique piece.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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