I introduce to you "Coltrane" the Elf Wizard a carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 08-15-2014 09:06 PM 2307 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I introduce to you “Coltrane” the Elf Wizard. He’s a very light hearted soul. He is always cheery and loving. “Cotrane” 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. His Gratefulness and Loving ways are the best examples to all of those who make his acquaintance. 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.

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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.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 09:12 PM

I like Coltrane. He’s an interesting variation on the Greenman. Is this an original design?

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 09:14 PM

He is an original design, Phil. I don’t use any patterns. I start from scratch on each one. I never took any classes so I just wing it on each piece.

Tickled that you like Coltrane!!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 09:16 PM

Hey another awesome carving!I tried my first angle grinder carving of a person today,seeing all your wizards made me give it a try!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 09:35 PM

Must admit, Coltrane certainly looks like a mighty happy guy. Also, seems like he has a lot of ‘old timer’ stories he is fond of recounting. Are you primarily power carving or chisel carving these fun guys? I see you area sorta-neighbor. (-:

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 10:44 PM

yes sir, these carvings have life almost, there so cheery…i love them, what a great way for this wood to be sculpted under your eyes and skilled hands…a great way to greet people in my opinion, these would make door knockers…is there a way to do that so they dont become harmed…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 11:12 PM

That’s great Ashe!! Want to see what ya came up with! :)

I use Dremel for the most part, Ron. We’re almost neighbors for sure!! :)

The sun and weather would eventually change them, Grizzman. But if they were shaded and protected from the rain they would hold up really well. I remember making a door knocker years ago. I can’t remember how I did it. Maybe hinged at the top. :)

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 11:46 PM

well if you could mount the carving on a good piece of oak or maple, it might work pretty good..ah just an idea, it sure would be cool to be greeted by such a great fella…love your work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 02:21 AM

Yet another inspiration…....................

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 08-16-2014 02:26 AM

Great carving, Gary!!

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

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#10 posted 08-16-2014 02:27 AM

Wish I had a walking stick with artwork like this on top.
Wonderful piece.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#11 posted 08-16-2014 08:44 AM

It would be hard to be unhappy with those faces around! Great work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 09:27 AM

Man this is a beautiful work of art; God has given you a great talent. How much time involved in a carving like this?

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 11:33 AM

Every time it,s a pleasure to see your beautiful creations!


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#14 posted 08-16-2014 03:12 PM

Hey Oldrivers! Coltrane took about 4 hours. Having carved 1000’s of wizards, I am getting the hang of it. Another 1000 and I think I might have something goin’ on! :)

Thanks so much everyone!!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#15 posted 08-16-2014 08:39 PM

Wow, amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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