Around 5 or 6 years ago, one of the large oak trees growing near to the studio, was struck by lightning, split in half and fell over. I used quite a large chunk of the tree to carve “Silverback” (You can read more about this carving and the process involved in my blog.) I also managed to save and remove several smaller pieces of burr from the tree one of which was carved into this beautiful manta ray. Burr (and opinion is divided about this) seems to be the result of some stress (usually an infection or invasion) which effects the growth pattern of the tree. We have probably all seen the knobs and lumps on the side of trees known as “burr” and the effect on the wood is just beautiful. The swirls and imperfections caused by the virus or invasion makes such wood much in demand, difficult to come by and also difficult to carve. But it is worth the effort as you can see here.
Manta Ray - Oak Burr
Original hand carving
31 cm “wingspan” 26 cm length
Sold. But please contact Bill if you would be interested in commissioning a similar piece.
About the Sculpture
This manta ray is carved from a stunning piece of locally sourced oak burr wood. It is mounted on a granite block. Please contact Bill if a different base option is required.