"Bearly Swingin" a pierced relief wood carving by Gary Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 08-12-2014 01:22 AM 1527 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Dancing Bears Wood Carving would make the Perfect Wood Wedding Anniversary Gift for your Wife or Husband. I carved it out of one piece of wood. It is a really cute piece.

I call this carving “Bearly Swinging”. Boo and Betty Bear are so in Love. These two compliment each other very well. They love being with each other and really like doing almost anything together but dancing is the best. They have so much fun together. They are such a great example for all the other woodland couples. They are always seen walking hand in hand, loving their simple life, even after so many cycles together.



This piece measures 9” tall x 13” wide x 1” thick

It is flat on the back. I have attached a metal self leveling hanger on the back for it to hang on and I have signed it Wiz on the front.

I carved it out of a Big Leaf Maple. It has Burl, Curly and some really fun figuring and color 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 08-12-2014 01:26 AM

Absolutely Gorgeous.
I love it.


-- 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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#2 posted 08-12-2014 01:35 AM

Simply great WIZ

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 01:40 AM

Whimsical, charming and totally delightful! And, it’s a great carving. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 01:46 AM

Amazing! Super work Wiz.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 02:01 AM

Nice work, cool animals.

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#6 posted 08-12-2014 02:04 AM

reminds me of mrs grizzman, we dance a jig once in awhile, i still have to watch out for her toes….lol..

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2014 02:58 AM

You must work under a microscope to get that detail. Beautiful work.

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

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#8 posted 08-12-2014 03:11 AM

Awesome work. Your carvings are always such a delight ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-12-2014 06:19 AM

Every work you made has a story.This one is great too!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 08-12-2014 07:37 AM

So very nice.
My wife would love something like that. She has the picture of the Dancing bears up in the living room

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 09:29 AM

This carving brings back memories when my wife and could still dance before all our bone problems slowed us down. ‘Charming’ is a very good description of this beautiful work. I was very good at the two step. That’s where you first step on your partner’s left foot and then the follow up stepping on her right foot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 08-12-2014 12:04 PM

Fantastic! If only life were to be taken this way, it would be a greater world.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 08-12-2014 12:05 PM

Very nice, Gary. You made that wood come alive!!!!!!!!!!!.................Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-12-2014 08:21 PM

Charming, fun, but stunning detail as per usual.
Running out of superlatives.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 12:17 AM

What a beautiful carving! All of your pieces are amazing but this one exudes “happy”. Keep em coming!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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