Another- "Deep Forest Boogie" wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 10-31-2013 06:30 PM 2125 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this piece a couple of years ago. It is still for sale in my etsy shop. It’s the biggest piece that I have done for some time. I have it hanging in my living room and still get a kick out of it. There is something about dancing bears. I used to live in the Sierras and we had bears around us all of the time. I used to love imagining them doing all sorts of human endeavors. “Deep Forest Boogie” measures 35 1/2” tall x 18” wide and 1 3/4” thick. It depicts four bears having a good old time boogying in the deep woods. Two of them are partners and the other two are on their own.They have four birds enjoying their antics. The large tree has all kinds of detail. There is forest litter all around like a real forest scene.



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.

It’s carved out of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It is spalted and has remnants of beetle larva that give it some added character. Spalting is when the molds and fungi start working on a piece. They leave unique coloring when caught at the right time. Once the wood is dry, the spalting stops. This is a wonderful piece of burl wood. I have had it for a very long time waiting for something fun to tell me that it was time.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 07:28 PM

What a beautiful project! Really blew me away. You have great craftsmanship.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:30 PM

You do such awesome work. You should do a blog on a carving from rough wood to finished piece.

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

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 09:07 PM

Another beautiful carving Gary. You must have to have a very gentle touch when carving the small branches of the pine tree. Just amazed at all your carvings.

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

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 12:33 AM

That is just incredible! Can’t believe someone hasn’t bought it.

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

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 06:35 AM

Nice photography…..................

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 06:35 AM

Amazing as usual

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 12:55 PM

Incredibly incredible!! WowZa!!!

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

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#8 posted 11-04-2013 07:17 PM

Wow! It’s always a joy to see your artwork. Awesome carving that tells a great and fun story. Outstanding work!

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