I introduce "Lander" the Elf Wizard a carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 08-13-2014 08:46 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no patterns so every piece that I carve is one of a kind. I introduce to you “Lander”, a very cheery Elf Wizard. He is peaceful to be around but loves a good laugh. “Lander” is witty and inventive and is always tinkering. He loves a good challenge. He is often found in the shop into the wee hours of the night whittling and shaping to his hearts content. The wonderful goodies he creates are prized to any who might be the recipients. He has the warmest heart and he is so full of Love and Gratitude. Quick to forgive, “Lander” is the most easy going Elf Wizard to be around. He is Loved by the entire Woodland Community. He is quite a character!



He measures 14 3/4” tall x 4 3/4” wide x 4” deep.

This piece is flat on the back so he can can hang on the wall ! I have signed him Wiz on the back as well.

He is carved out of an old growth pine knot. A pine knot is what a branch does when it goes into the trunk of a pine tree. The tree dies, rots and falls over, and the trunk eventually rots away leaving the knot. Very few of these are good to carve as the sun bakes them and eventually the critters eat them. It is my favorite wood to carve faces and fish with.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 08:56 PM

Hey your wizards are cool,how long does it take you to carve one of these?

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 08:58 PM

Hey, Ashe!

This guy took 3-4 hours I believe.



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 09:17 PM

Hey Wiz,its awesome,how long have you been carving?what sort of tools would one need to attempt carve a face like that?

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 09:25 PM

Thanks so much Ashe! I started carving in 1971. These wizards are almost all Dremel work. The wood is a Pine Knot.


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 09:38 PM

looking at your work is making me want to try carve one of these wizard type characters!you have great skill,i am hoping to get a dremel tool soon,is it advisable to use pine knots or could i use an ordinaryblock of wood?

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 09:57 PM

I would do a little abstract piece first in a soft block of wood. Bass wood doesn’t work so well with a Dremel but a block of pine or redwood would be perfect. I would do a number of small pieces that don’t really have to look like anything in particular. That way you won’t beat yourself too much. You might take to it right away but it may take a little gettin used to. A pine knot is pretty hard to start with although it isn’t impossible.


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 09:59 PM

Another great piece, Gary! He is a happy character- looks like you could just sit down and have a beer with hm!!

..............Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 10:35 PM

another great piece for our perusal.
Looking at your work over the weeks has prompted me to order a small Dremel style power carver.
Don’t really know where I’m going with it,
dont really know where I’ll end up.
Just felt I had to try…...
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 10:44 PM

Very cool! He looks like sailor that you’d meet at a bar and strike up a conversation easily and have a few with him.

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 11:56 PM

gosh, you do such a wonderful job with these carvings, they just look like happy ole souls..a great job of carving…

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

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 12:49 AM

He has great character as usual, Gary.
Another 1st class job.
I agree, it feels like you could sit down and have a beer with him.
Love your work.


-- 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.

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#12 posted 08-14-2014 01:06 AM usual.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#13 posted 08-14-2014 01:32 AM

Another great carving WIZ, a constant inspiration to my carving schooling. Doug

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 08-14-2014 02:23 AM


-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 08-14-2014 08:55 AM

Amazing that you can produce something of this quality in just a few hours. I think plaster casts of these carvings would sell really well in the right stores. Have you ever given any thought to that? I think many would like to have a warm and cheerful face like that hanging around just to make them feel good!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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