"Gabrielle" the Elf Wizard, a wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 05-17-2014 12:36 AM 2204 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I introduce to you “Gabrielle”. He is big enough that I could personalize him by inscribing something personal into the back of him for no extra cost if it is something simple! He is a great companion. He is loved by everyone and is invited to all of the Woodland Festivals. He is always cheery and full of the most Loving energy. He is so grateful living his life. This is a very unique piece of wood to me. I hardly see pieces like this anymore and I am always looking!

To see this guy in my etsy shop you can click on this link:



He measures 10” tall x 18 1/2” wide x 2” deep.

This piece is flat on the back so it can hang on the wall. I have attached a metal self leveling hanger on the back for hanging and Signed it Wiz as well.

I don’t do a lot of wizards like this. This is a very high relief carving. I carved out a lot of wood to get this effect. This is a much more difficult wood to carve than a Pine Knot. But I love the effect of the natural burl all around his face. And I really like the contrast in color from the natural edge and the carved portion.

He is carved out of a maple burl. A burl is caused by the trees reaction to an agro bacteria. The tree produces many buds as if to defend itself. It is similar to a wart on a person. It has no effect on the tree. It produces some of the most amazing grain with little pins on the outside. Each of the pins could produce another tree if given the right conditions.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 12:42 AM

Love it. Awesome details as always.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 01:05 AM

Great carving n that burl, Gary!!!!!!!!..............Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 01:55 AM

Beautiful as always.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 03:35 AM

Beautiful carving—outstanding as always with charming story.

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

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 05:25 AM

Gary, Gabrielle is wonderful, thank you for creating another life.


-- 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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#6 posted 05-17-2014 09:42 AM

Your work is Amazing!
Who knew that little guy was hiding in there????
Nice Etsy shop!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 10:59 AM

Wow another amazing carving…awesome work.

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

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#8 posted 05-19-2014 12:14 AM

Gary… you truly are the ‘Wiz’. One of these years when you find some slack time… I would love to see a video of how you can do that.

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

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#9 posted 05-19-2014 10:00 AM

Unique indeed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-23-2014 01:48 AM

Always so amazing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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