Red Karee Sculpture
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By Gys Potgieter

Designer

Gys Potgieter

Woodcrafter

Gys Potgieter

Tree

Karee Tree

Common name

Karee Tree

Red karee sculpture

The wood used in this eye-catching sculpture was severely burnt in a fire. To transform this block of wood into this impressive artwork took 50 hours of sanding to reveal and restore the natural deep red colour of the slab. It floats on powder-coated steel pins and is mounted on a camphor base. The red karee sculpture will bring joy and inspiration and long, thoughtful conversation reflecting on the shapes and forms embedded in the carving.

DESIGNER

Gys Potgieter is the visionary and owner of Kuni, a master of his craft and doing what he loves – crafting wood by hand. He favours indigenous wooden slabs and his designs flow with the shape, grain and nature of the slab. For Gys, the perfectly crafted furniture piece is as functional as it is beautiful. It is not about the extent or number of items produced, but about the passion and pride of producing a single, unique, handcrafted work of art, a natural object of lasting beauty.

Gys Potgieter


KAREE TREE

THE TREE

Family: Anacardiaceae  |  Synonym: Searsia lancea

The karee is a graceful evergreen tree, small- to medium-sized and usually grows to a height and width of 7m. The branches hang low and the crown is topped with a dense round canopy. It bears small yellow flowers and bunches of small yellow-green flattish fruits, which are relished by birds.

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND

This is one of the most common trees on the South African Highveld and southern Bushveld. It grows from Zambia in the north to the Western Cape in the south. It is found throughout the Free State and in parts of all the other provinces of South Africa, except for KwaZulu-Natal.

WOOD PROPERTIES

Karee was used in the past for fence posts, tool handles, wagon parts, tobacco pipes and bows.

The fruits are edible and were once used as an important ingredient of mead or honey beer. The word karee is said to be the original Khoi word for mead.

ELEVATION DRAWINGS

PHOTOGRAPHIC ANGLES

  • Angle 1
  • Angle 2
  • Angle 3
  • Angle 4
  • Angle 1

    Angle 1

  • Angle 2

    Angle 2

  • Angle 3

    Angle 3

  • Angle 4

    Angle 4

OTHER PIECES BY GYS POTGIETER

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  • Camphor Server
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  • KUNI Leadwood Coffee Table
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    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
  • Sculp5 1 LeadwoodandGlassCoffeeTable
    LEADWOOD AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
  • Sculp4 1 JackelberryPlatter
    JACKELBERRY PLATTER
  • Sculp2 1 AfricanWattle
    AFRICAN WATTLE SCULPTURE
  • Sculp3 1 RedKaree
    RED KAREE SCUPLTURE
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    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS DINING TABLE
  • wildoliveandglassdisplaytable
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS DISPLAY TABLE
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    JACKALBERRY FLOOR LAMP
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    MATUMI CENTREPIECE BOWL
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    LEADWOOD BRANCH
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    SMALL ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
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    MEDIUM ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
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    LARGE ELEPHANT SCULPTURE
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    RED IVORY SCULPTURE
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    RED IVORY KUDU HORNS
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    WARTHOG SCULPTURE
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    TEARDROP SCULPTURE
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    RHINO SCULPTURE
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    OLIVE WOOD LIGHTNING BOLT
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    RED IVORY FLAME
  • Red Ivory Swan
    RED IVORY SWAN

OTHER PIECES IN COLLECTION

  • JACKALBERRY FLOOR LAMP
    JACKALBERRY FLOOR LAMP
  • Wild Olive and Glass Coffee Table
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
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    MATUMI CENTREPIECE BOWL
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  • African Wattle Sculpture
    AFRICAN WATTLE SCULPTURE
  • Leadwood and Glass Coffee Table
    LEADWOOD AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE
  • Red Karee Sculpture
    RED KAREE SCULPTURE
  • Wild olive and glass display table
    WILD OLIVE AND GLASS DISPLAY TABLE
  • Leadwood Sculpture
    LEADWOOD SCULPTURE
  • Olive Wood Lightning Bolt
    OLIVE WOOD LIGHTNING BOLT
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    BUFFALO BULL SCULPTURE
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    BUFFALO AND CALF SCULPTURE
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    BUSHMAN SCULPTURE
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    OLIVE WOOD LIGHTNING BOLT
  • Red Ivory Flame
    RED IVORY FLAME
  • Red Ivory Swan
    RED IVORY SWAN
  • White Rhino Sculpture
    WHITE RHINO SCULPTURE
  • Wild Olive Campfire
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