I introduce "Wiley" the Elf Wizard, just arrived in the neighborhood! :)

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Project by wiz posted 08-01-2014 01:45 AM 1726 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved him mostly with a Dremel tool. I have been carving since 1971 and full time since 1978. I still love doing it as much today as I did in that first year. I would never have dreamed that it would have lead to me being here today!! I am soooo Grateful!! :)

I introduce to you “Wiley”, a very spirited Wood Spirit Elf Wizard. He is peaceful to be around but loves a good laugh. “Wiley” is witty and uses it in his inventive story telling! He is a word smith that is welcome wherever he goes. He has the warmest heart and he is so full of Love and Gratitude. Quick to forgive, “Wiley” is the most easy going Elf Wizard to have around. He is Loved by the entire Woodland Community. He is quite a character! He’s just fun to be around.



He measures 9” tall x 8” wide x 3 1/2” deep.

This piece is flat on the back so he can can hang on the wall ! I have signed him Wiz on the back as well.

He is carved out of an old growth pine knot. A pine knot is what a branch does when it goes into the trunk of a pine tree. The tree dies, rots and falls over, and the trunk eventually rots away leaving the knot. Very few of these are good to carve as the sun bakes them and eventually the critters eat them. It is my favorite wood to carve faces and fish with.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 01:54 AM

Great wood and coloring, another great job WIZ

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 01:58 AM

Great character study! Beautiful work as always.

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

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 02:33 AM

Absolutely amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 02:39 AM

Another great one. Very nice!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 03:05 AM

Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 08-01-2014 03:22 AM

I truly am amazed at the details of your work. Hope they all sell for you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-01-2014 04:00 AM

He would find himself right at home in a Harry Potter film… :) Beautifully executed piece Gary.

-- 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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#9 posted 08-01-2014 12:39 PM

Your an amazing craftsman “Wiz”, your ability to put a face on a knot is wow.

-- jerry

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#10 posted 08-01-2014 01:26 PM

Wish I could see into the wood like you can and help whats hiding inside come out!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#11 posted 08-01-2014 06:39 PM

Your work is always soooo amazing the detail you put in them bring them all to life, thank you for sharing your art with us

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

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#12 posted 08-01-2014 07:52 PM

Wiz,you did it again,another amazing work,you are a talented man.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#13 posted 08-01-2014 09:41 PM

Thank you all so much!! What a wonderful group of woodworkers!! I am honored to be a part of such a great group of people!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#14 posted 08-01-2014 09:43 PM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 08-03-2014 01:41 AM

That’s the kind of gent I’d like to sip a Guinness er two, and tell some tales. That smile says it all. As always, some super fine carving going on.

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

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