Ski Bears Wood Carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz in Maple Burl

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Project by wiz posted 10-20-2013 06:05 PM 2821 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this carving “Origins of Skiing”. These guys really know how to get down! Little is known of how skiing got started. Bears have been in the Mountains for a very long time. More than likely as man gravitated to the steep slopes of high mountain passes they happened upon bears doing what they do. I lived in the Sierras for many years and have seen my share of bears. I wouldn’t put it passed them to ski around with their buddies when the snow is especially good.

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This piece measures 16 1/2” tall x 8 1/2” wide x 1 3/8” thick

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple. It has Burl, Curly and some really fun figuring in the grain. 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 through out the burl. 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 10-20-2013 10:07 PM

Very nice job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 10:55 PM

Love it very cool carving.

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#3 posted 10-25-2013 02:08 PM

Wonderful carving and story. Gorgeous wood and great finish. Fun to see those bears in action.

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