"Late for Dinner" Wood Carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 10-29-2013 08:50 PM 3116 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this scene “Late for Dinner”. It’s a Bear Clan heading to dinner with determination. The little ones are especially focused just to keep up with the big guys. No Bear wants to be late for dinner! I wouldn’t even think of getting in their way. I love the story of a piece. It adds that little bit that trips ones imagination.

It measures 17 1/2” x 10 3/8” x 1 1/8” thick.

This piece sold a while back. Here is a link to the carvings I currently have for sale in my etsy shop:

This piece is flat on the back so it can hang on the wall. I have carved a notch in the back for hanging and Signed it Wiz as well.

It’s a beautiful piece of burl with birdseyes throughout the piece. A burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an aggro-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. I have been developing this method since 1971. This piece is carved out of one piece of wood. I am a self taught carver and am known for my enjoyment of whimsy. These carved scenes celebrate the beauty and tenacity of the forest.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 10-29-2013 09:20 PM

your carving is beautiful and this piece has a great title and theme.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 10-29-2013 10:05 PM

I luv your bear carvings!

-- 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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Arlin Eastman

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#3 posted 10-29-2013 10:27 PM

Nicely done for sure.


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

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#4 posted 10-29-2013 11:46 PM

Beautiful carving Gary, the bears look great.

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

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#5 posted 10-30-2013 12:57 AM

You really do superior quality work. Awesome

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 12:58 AM

If you ever do a carving video, I want to see it!!!

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 02:14 AM

that is really cool! great job

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 10-30-2013 05:54 AM

They look realy cute.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 08:13 AM

Great work, man you sure do produce these beauty’s quickly…..

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

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 12:49 PM

Wow! Nice work. Looks beatiful. Congarulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#11 posted 10-30-2013 02:13 PM

Brings to mind that old saying, “You can call me anything except, late for dinner”, now I am going to
have a tough time getting that out of my sawdust clogged brain. Oh yeah, wonderful carving as usual and
no one is surprised that it is sold. Thank you once again for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 10-30-2013 02:40 PM

Absolutely Beautiful!!! Such fine detail.

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#13 posted 10-30-2013 02:41 PM

Hey! Wiz this is a great piece. I love it.

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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#14 posted 10-30-2013 02:44 PM

Thanks so much everyone!! I sure appreciate your wonderful comments!! I had a lot of fun carving this piece!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#15 posted 10-31-2013 01:26 PM

You certainly bring the life out of all your projects. WowZa!!

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

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