"Roland" the wood spirit wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 101 days ago 1009 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I introduce to you, “Roland” the Wizard. “Roland” is a very contemplative, wise soul. He loves life and is the most positive wizard. Peace and Joy are always with him, wherever he goes. “Roland” has a wonderful energy and is loved by all. He has a way of restoring the love that might be missing in whatever setting he finds himself in. He loves being a Wizard and passing on his ways to those who exhibit Love for their world and are ready to leave their old ways behind. This is a pretty big and heavy knot. He has a really kool shape. I love his hat!!



I have flattened the back so that he hangs on the wall. I carved a notch to hang him on. He measures 13 1/2” tall x 10 1/2” wide x 4” deep.

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 101 days ago

Another winner Gary.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 100 days ago

Love it. Great piece.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 100 days ago

You do incredible work. Always a pleasure to see.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 100 days ago

Great piece. Interesting striped nose.

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#5 posted 100 days ago

I just love it !!!

-- Sheetzy

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#6 posted 100 days ago

Another great looking carving…the face is so real looking…amazing work.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 100 days ago

Always amazing work, Wiz. So full of life and spirit. I would love to see you do an ‘epic’ piece one day…. like a 5’ wall panel. That’s easy for me to say… right?!

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

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#8 posted 100 days ago

dam, that’s all i have to say

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#9 posted 100 days ago

incredible carving. The life likeness is astounding.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#10 posted 99 days ago

Mighty cool, wiz.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#11 posted 99 days ago

Love it I wish I had your talent!

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#12 posted 95 days ago

Excellent carving! He looks spectacular, the details are really unbelievable. Absolutely stunning!

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