"GROOVIN' " Boo Bear dancing like no one is watching!

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Project by wiz posted 02-27-2016 02:54 AM 2174 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted here for quite some time. We just are finishing up with a very long move. I had no idea how much wood I had and tools and other stuff. I feel a little like a hoarder. But we are finally here in Port Orford, Oregon and loving it!! Hope to be posting more. This is the first tree carving that I have completed in my new shop.

I call this carving “Groovin’ ”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace with it’s little Pine Tree buddy. Boo Bear just loves his home in the woods. I makes him smile all the time as he dances and shares his joy with any he crosses paths with. I love being in the midst of these wonderful creatures. It makes me warm inside just to hang out around them and reminds me of being present. There is a lot of detail in these carvings. The Oak Trees are my favorite kind of Trees to carve. I love the over all shape of this piece.

It measures 22” tall x 14 3/4” wide x 1 3/4” thick. It hangs on the wall. I don’t do nearly as many tree carvings as I used to. I used to only carve tree scenes. A little harder on my hands now days. But if I pace myself I still get to do them.



This piece is Big Leaf Mapbe Burl. A Burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an agro bacteria. It starts sending out a huge number of buds showing birds eye grain throughout the Burl. Sometimes it is caused by stress. It is very unusual and is very interesting to look at.

The technique I use is called Pierced Relief. It is carved out of one piece of wood and nothing is added. I have been carving since 1971 and a tree was the first carving I did. I have always been stimulated to carve a resemblance of a tree out of a tree. My technique has evolved over all of these years to what you see here. I keep seeing ways to make things more life like. And I love a piece to look like it is in the middle of a story that each observer can make up. Sometimes a different story each time we look at it and sometimes the same one. I love giving a piece the feeling of action. Sometimes tranquil and sometimes playful. I love it all.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 02:56 AM

Fantastic! Beautiful work Wiz.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 02-27-2016 03:06 AM

Beautiful, what amazing wood you find.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 03:09 AM

wiz your not just a woodworker your a true wood artist.your work is absolutely incredible man,im at a loss of words to even try and compliment you,so ill just simply say beautiful as in grand canyon beautiful.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-27-2016 03:46 AM

Stunning work as always

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 02-27-2016 03:47 AM

Another beauty Gary. This deserves a “Top 3”.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 02-27-2016 01:16 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

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

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#7 posted 02-27-2016 01:38 PM

Great piece, Wiz…all of your works with the dancing bears have always been my favorites. Great detail! What a wonderful piece of artwork to have displayed!



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#8 posted 02-27-2016 02:57 PM

i don’t know you do it beautiful

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#9 posted 02-27-2016 03:40 PM

Very cool

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#10 posted 02-27-2016 03:52 PM

Thank you so much, everyone!! I sure appreciate your kind words!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#11 posted 02-27-2016 04:23 PM

You have moved to a wonderful area for woodworking. There some beautiful woods to choose from. I love the Myrtle wood to work with. I lived in Coquille for many years back in the 1950’s. I envy your skills and patience to that kind of work.

-- Roy Montana

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#12 posted 02-27-2016 04:28 PM

Wow, amazing work. Such talent.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 02-27-2016 05:26 PM

Absolutely amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 02-27-2016 05:33 PM

While I have enjoyed all your work, I think I can say this is my favorite. A lot of personality in that bear!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 02-27-2016 06:18 PM

You are an awesome wood carver!

-- 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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