A few of my newest heart carvings

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Project by wiz posted 07-13-2014 09:58 PM 2102 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started about 8 years ago. I was carving at a friends gallery and wood yard. I had gotten an order to do a big heart out of a sweet piece of Black Walnut. It turned out great. I tried talking my friend into having them for sale in the gallery and he sort of balked at the idea. Eventually I just went and made a few and they were a big hit. I made a ton of hearts there and they were very popular. I built a shop at home and started selling on etsy. Slowly I built a business out of it and now sell everything I make on etsy. I started selling at a flea market in 1978. I sold in arts and craft shows, gift shops in galleries, and had my own gallery for 16 years. Selling on etsy is the best it’s been for me. I sell a lot of hearts for the 5th Wood Wedding Anniversary Gift. I am very grateful for the wood connection that I have and that I am able to make these hearts fast enough to make a living at it. I do sell tree carvings, wizards and some fish as well.

Just sharing!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 07-13-2014 10:08 PM

Very nice hearts, Gary!!..................Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 12:23 AM

Gary, I am so glad the public recognizes you talents. The hearts are beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 01:17 AM

Beautiful wood and awesome work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 02:12 AM

Beautiful work—thanks for sharing both your work and your story.

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 03:16 AM

Wiz, They are beautiful, stunning even.
What sort of dye do you use???
Thanks 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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#6 posted 07-14-2014 05:26 AM

Those some very beautiful hearts!
The Blues Blew me away!

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#7 posted 07-14-2014 06:33 AM

wiz you’re a freaking boss, you gotta give me some of your skills you have way too much

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#8 posted 07-14-2014 10:21 AM

once again some stunning carvings.
+1 with BobWemm,
do you use natural pigments to colour your hearts.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#9 posted 07-14-2014 10:45 AM

Amaizing colours and shapes. Realy good looking project and carving.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-14-2014 11:25 AM

Very brilliant colors and designs.

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

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#11 posted 07-14-2014 04:00 PM

Thank you everyone! I sure appreciate all of your kind comments. You all are the greatest!! :)

Hey Bob!

I use Fiebings leather dye for the color. This is a link for it:



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#12 posted 07-14-2014 04:03 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, wiz. You have a lot of talent. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 07-14-2014 06:01 PM

Very Kewl Wiz

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 07-14-2014 10:09 PM

Beautiful, Wiz!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 07-14-2014 10:10 PM

beautiful hearts.i can see why you’ve been able to sell these.great work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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