Santa Claus wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the Treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 10-22-2013 04:07 PM 2807 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

He is loved by everyone and is invited to all of the Woodland Christmas Festivals. He of course is “Santa” the Christmas Wizard. He loves everyone but makes a list of those who have been good and of course those who haven’t been are not on the list. He is cheery and merry and full of the most Loving energy. He measures 16 3/4” tall x 14 1/2” wide x 3 1/2” deep.

I don’t do a lot of wizards like this. This is a very high relief carving. This is a much more different 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 10-22-2013 04:40 PM

You have a gift. This is an outstanding piece of work/carving. Simply beautiful. Great job. Your website is also very nice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 04:55 PM

you are an amazing carver…truly a wood wizard
I love all of your pieces.

-- Steve--

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 04:57 PM

Great carving. Thanks for sharing him with us.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 05:57 PM

wow, that is a wonderful carving! your work is outstanding.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 06:03 PM

Outstanding 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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#6 posted 10-22-2013 06:08 PM

Thanks so much, you guys!!! I sure appreciate your kind words!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#7 posted 10-22-2013 09:29 PM

Waaaaay cool Gary great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-22-2013 10:12 PM

Gary… may I ask how long this took? I think it is a masterpiece.

The detail and life-likeness blows me away. The tone of the wood, the eyes, the way the whiskers blend into the burl… all is exquisite.

Seeing work like this has two effects on me; inspiration to work harder, and then the realization that work like this is beyond my talent. I recently went to the Louvre in Paris. I saw hundreds of wonderful sculptures. Let me tell you my friend… I think you are right in their ballpark.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#9 posted 10-22-2013 10:39 PM

I don’t know HOW you do that…. but I wish I had those kind of skillz. Great looking piece!!

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

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#10 posted 10-22-2013 11:12 PM

I am with Spoontaneous … I don’t know how you do that but it looks awesome. Amazing stuff !!!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 10-22-2013 11:16 PM

Thank you so much, Maplerock! That is quite a compliment!! That Santa took around 20-25 hours I would guess. He was a lot of Dremel work! All of the part around his face is the natural burl, what’s right under the bark. The bark was pressure washed off so that it is really clean.

Sure appreciate the wonderful comments!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#12 posted 10-23-2013 08:33 AM

Wow , amazing

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 10-23-2013 08:46 AM

I like its,good job. Thanks.


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#14 posted 10-23-2013 09:43 AM

wow, that’s incredible. its going to make someone very happy!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 10-23-2013 10:42 AM

Excellent work in a difficult piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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