I introduce "East Side Will", my newest Elf Wizard

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Project by wiz posted 08-07-2014 02:30 AM 1784 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I introduce to you “East Side Will” the Elf Wizard. He’s a very light hearted soul. He is always cheery, even under huge pressure. “East Side Will” has such a wonderful energy and lifts the spirits of all that he is around. He is inspiring to all that he meets. He loves passing on his Wizdom but is a very good listener. Peace and Joy are always with him, wherever he goes. He is loved by all and welcomed in all woodland gatherings. I really like the way he turned out!! There is a lot of detail in this carving.





I have flattened the back so that he hangs on the wall. He measures 11” tall x 3 1/2” wide x 3” deep.

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.

The pine knots do change color over time. Some change quickly and some change slowly. They go from a light yellow to an orange color, I am assuming from the UV light. Some are deeper orange than others. The orange color is a much warmer color than the yellow. I like it just as well.

Here’s a little story about the Earth Wizards. In the beginning, the Creator noticed the trees were defenseless. Hence He fashioned Wood Elves and Elf Wizards, kind spirited folk who labored at nurturing the trees and protecting them from those with little understanding of The Way.

Trees contain a wisdom of the past and offer hope for the future. The Elves and Wizards live on, though few in number compared to the Unknowing. Our well being depends upon our trees and environment being protected and held close to our hearts. Please help the Elves and Wizards; hold the Earth close to your heart.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 02:55 AM

Nice work as usual.

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 04:14 AM

Another fabulous 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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#3 posted 08-07-2014 04:54 AM

You do beautiful work.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 06:06 AM

Wiz, That is absolutely beautiful.
I love him to bits.
Thanks for inspiring so many of us.


-- 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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#5 posted 08-07-2014 11:54 AM

Great way to keep them living on. That guy looks like someone you could sit down and have a beer with and talk trees!! I sure wish I had your talent, Gary!.............Cheers, my friend!!.................Jim

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

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 11:59 AM

Another well carved character, Wiz. I’m still waiting for you to find time to do a video. <grin> Always enjoy your work!!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 12:26 PM

Great piece!!! Love the wood tone on this one for sure!!!

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

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 02:05 PM

Another beautiful carving, Wiz.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 03:33 PM

A jolly old fellow. Great work Wiz.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 10:22 PM

Absolutely fantastic piece, so life-like.
I think he may be Scottish,
from the look of his nose and cheeks, he may enjoy a Dram.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#11 posted 08-08-2014 12:37 AM

I think he’d have some good stories to tell

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

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