"Fun Day with Mom" a wood carving of Momma Bear and her cub by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 06-22-2015 12:34 AM 1785 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this piece “Fun Day with Mom”. It’s a cliff tree scene showing Momma Bear climbing with her Baby Cub that I carved out of one piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It is really a great piece of wood! This piece depicts a Conifer Tree living life at the bottom of a cliff. Baby Bear is learning how to live in the wilderness with Momma Bear. Momma is showing some technique right here. I love the natural or live edge on this piece on the bottom. It is a great contrast to the sanded, smooth portions. This wall hanging measures 16 1/2” tall x 8” wide x 1 1/4” thick



It’s a beautiful piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. 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. Out of all of the Maple trees, there are very few that have Burls on them.

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 06-22-2015 12:55 AM

Gary, that is gorgeous. I can see the cub laughing at Mom and saying “You can’t get me”.
I also love the contrast colour with the natural edge.
Great job. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


-- 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 06-22-2015 02:26 AM

As always, great.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 02:38 AM

Just beautiful, and fun too.

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 07:22 AM

You made wonderful story here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 11:41 AM

That is a beautiful piece, Gary!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 06-22-2015 12:57 PM

So beautiful and creative.

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 01:02 PM

I love all of your work and this one certainly has a lot of wonderful character. It’s a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 06-22-2015 02:17 PM

Gary, I love seeing your work. Keep the pieces coming. They are an inspiration! Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 06-22-2015 02:28 PM

Thank you so much everyone!! Sure appreciate all of your kind words!! You all are the greatest!! : )



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 08:39 PM

Another great carving!

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

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#11 posted 06-23-2015 03:04 PM

Amazing detail and excellent true to life figures.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 06-23-2015 08:43 PM

an exquisitely detailed piece,
with a wonderful back story.

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#13 posted 06-24-2015 04:00 PM

Wow that is amazing work

-- EMTBear

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