"Living on the edge" a wood carving by Gary "Wiz" Burns the treewiz on

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I’m calling this one “Living on the Edge”. These two forest buddies love hanging out on the edge of things. There is not nearly the competition for lifes needs and they enjoy such a wonderful view! I like thinking that I am hanging out on a ledge sharing a moment with these forest fellows. This is one of my favorite cliff themed carvings. I love the proportions of this one.

Please check out the carvings that I have sold on etsy. You can click on 1100 sales in my shop on the left side of my shop page in blue to see everything that has sold and check out my feedback to see what customers have thought about my work.


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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 83 days ago

Superior work as always. I love the natural color of the piece.

-- 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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#2 posted 83 days ago

I love the stories that go along with each piece just as much as the piece itself! great work

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

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#3 posted 83 days ago

Nice trippy trees.

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#4 posted 83 days ago


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

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#5 posted 82 days ago

Awesome work as always…an amazing artist of wood.

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

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#6 posted 82 days ago

Gary ~ I know you pack a full schedule… but if you ever take a notion to set up a video camera I will be in the front row. Salute!

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

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#7 posted 82 days ago

That is just beautiful, that is some amazing work, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#8 posted 82 days ago

I love trees, so of course these beauties make me smile. super work, as always

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#9 posted 82 days ago

Nice project, excellent carving!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 82 days ago

Thank you all so very much! I sure appreciate your kind words!!
I have a gopro camera now, Terry but haven’t learned how to use it yet. I have bought 3 cameras and none of them have worked out. I even hired someone to help last winter and it didn’t work out. My hands are in the way because of the way I hold the Dremel. I am hoping that the gopro will mount on my head or chest so that the lens sees what I see. I am going to tackle it here in the next month or two. I will for sure share it with everyone. I’ll try to put it on youtube and share the link if I get it.

Again thanks everyone!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#11 posted 82 days ago

Your carvings are so incredible. Sheesh, that’s beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 82 days ago

I am amazed at the detail in those trees; I zoomed in as far as my tablet would allow and the detail is extraordinary. I also love the finish.

This is definitely a work of art!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 80 days ago

Another beautiful piece Gary. Now I’m interested is seeing what your new camera will show us.
Really nice detail and finish. Thanks for showing us.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Roman Hrytsak

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#14 posted 68 days ago

Love your carvings and you expression of creativity. RH

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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