"Cruizin' with Bird" wood carving by Gary Wiz Burns the treewiz

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Project by wiz posted 03-11-2014 02:42 AM 1596 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this carving “Cruizin’ with Bird”. The carving depicts a steady old Oak Tree passing it’s time in woodland peace. I love being in the midst of these wonderful creatures. It makes me warm inside just to hang out around them. They offer shade, food and sanctuary for many. Boo Bear is having a wonderful stroll with his best friend Bird. Bird gets around a lot and loves sharing stories with Boo. They love to laugh together and enjoy the wonders of their woodland realm. Often they share their insights with each other and Love their lives together. There is a lot of detail in this carving. It is my favorite kind of Tree to carve. I love this circle shape and how the tree fills the inside space.



It measures 14 3/4” tall x 14 3/4” wide x 1 1/4” thick

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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#1 posted 03-11-2014 02:48 AM

As always, it’s very impressive.

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 02:53 AM

Whoa, stop the press, this is super superb!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 03:00 AM

it looks like a bear

not a bird

no matter, very nicely done

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 03:07 AM

Bird is in Boo Bears hand, Kryptic. :)

Thank you all for your kind words!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 03:12 AM

Anytime, your work is beauts!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 03:28 AM

Nice work!

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 04:23 AM

very impressive. Nice work, I like the detail… including the knots in the tree and the fur on the bear.
I am sure there are many other gems in there..


-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 05:47 AM

My wife and I agree on this one . . . Fantastic. Another real beauty.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 08:32 AM

Beautiful piece, Wiz! These burl carvings are my faves of yours!


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#10 posted 03-11-2014 09:42 AM

‘A bird in the hand’ of those simple ‘bear’ necessities.

You got the mad skillz… that is for sure, Wiz. Another gorgeous piece.

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

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 10:15 AM

your work delights me. I adore woods and critters. This just rocks. Thanks for sharing, you made my morning.

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#12 posted 03-11-2014 11:44 AM

Great work. Thanks for sharing. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#13 posted 03-11-2014 11:52 AM

I so love your carvings. Look forward to all of them and whats next. Such talent.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 03-11-2014 01:01 PM

Very nice .U have a great talent.I always appreciate U R work.

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#15 posted 03-11-2014 01:32 PM

You are an incredible artist. WowZa!!

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

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