"Mister Fox" an abstract wood carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 04-04-2014 03:23 PM 3989 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this piece “Mr. Fox”. It looks like Mister Fox sitting in observance of his domain. He is very patient, always alert to any change in the surroundings. I love these pieces that can be slightly turned and it is a whole different look. Like it is a different carving entirely. It sets on a Table or Mantle. It flows and bends in a Smooth Graceful Flow. It is very calming to be around for me. My designs are all unique and spontaneous. I love to flow with the Will of the Wood. This piece is carved out of a beautiful piece of Quilted Big Leaf Maple that I just acquired. It started as a rectangle piece that was 22” x 9”x 2 5/8”. It is an awesome piece of wood. It’s all shimmery and glowing. I am very fortunate to have wood like this to carve. The light really plays with the flowing curves. It is a completely different piece with each turn. There is some wonderful coloration on the one side and just a little on the other, helping it to be two different pieces. It can be turned one way for a while and then turned another to feel like a whole new piece.


It measures in at 20 3/8” tall x 12 wide” x 2 5/8” thick.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 04-04-2014 03:34 PM

Very beautiful piece of wood. You have done it justice.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 04:03 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 04:15 PM

Very interesting an beautiful piece.

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 04:35 PM

That’s a beautiful piece and fantastic wood. What kind of finish did you use? Where did you get such a nice piece of quilted bigleaf maple?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 06:16 PM

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I sure appreciate that!

I use Ace brand clear Premium Enamel in a spray can, Bob. I get it at my Ace Hardware store. I have used this for nearly 2o years now. I really like it. I get the maple from friends who sell wood to guitar makers like Fender and some well known brands that I can’t remember now. I get pieces that don’t work out for one reason or another. Often the buyers don’t want any coloration in the quilt of curly grained pieces that they use. Sure makes me happy. It is still sort of expensive but not $300.00 a piece expensive. I’m very grateful for the source.


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#6 posted 04-04-2014 06:32 PM

I see it. It is like the symbol used here at Fox Honda, kinda!!

Nice job on it,Gary!!

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

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#7 posted 04-04-2014 07:45 PM

that is a beauty, the wood is perfect for this to be a fox, the wood grain looks like its tail is curved up along side its body, wonderful piece.

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

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#8 posted 04-04-2014 09:16 PM

very interesting piece, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#9 posted 04-04-2014 11:42 PM

Another fine work of art from Wiz! I really dig your style.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#10 posted 04-05-2014 01:42 AM

The simple lines are exquisite, nice and clean, using the grain to its fullest effect, great job.

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#11 posted 04-05-2014 02:51 AM



-- 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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#12 posted 04-05-2014 07:35 AM

Beautiful work. Will there be some pups joining Mr. Fox? Elegant design.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 04-05-2014 11:21 AM

Beautiful lines…. and beautiful wood, Gary!

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

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#14 posted 04-05-2014 11:26 AM

Beautiful wood and nice design, very pleasing lines….Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#15 posted 04-20-2014 04:06 PM

I don’t know Wiz, but if you say a fox then so be it….. I’m just not artistic, to me it looks more like a bird of some kind ( Ruffled Grouse) maybe… It is a nice piece, and beautiful wood….

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