"Hangin' with Boo Bear" a Maple Burl Wood Carving by Gary Wiz Burns the treewiz

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I call this piece “Hangin’ out with Boo Bear”, a tree scene that I have carved out of one piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl. It depicts a conifer Tree living life on the edge of a Dry Creek Ravine with Boo Bear, Bird and his buddy Kuder. They are all having a wonderful afternoon visit. The day is grand and there is so much to share. They are such great buddies. They love hanging out even if there isn’t much to talk about. But this afternoon they are talking about how grateful they are to have each other and share their lives in this magical realm. They Love their lives together and are thankful for every moment.



It measures 20 7/8” tall x 8 1/8” wide x 13/8” thick

It’s a beautiful piece of burl with Birds Eyes Grain throughout the piece. A burl is usually caused by a trees reaction to an agro 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. 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 145 days ago

Wow! Beautifully done! Not only is the carving amazing, but the piece as a whole is just perfect. True artistry, well done, most impressive.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#2 posted 145 days ago

Just your typical awesome work. Beautiful work.

-- 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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#3 posted 145 days ago

Absolutely awesome, wish I had that skill.

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief...

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#4 posted 145 days ago

You use the right name, you are truly a wiz!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 145 days ago

Beautiful once again.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 145 days ago

you never disappoint. Love the critters. I even like the story with it! :-)

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

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#7 posted 145 days ago

Wow Gary another masterpiece, you have an amazing talent. I always find myself going back and looking at a new post from you several times over and each time finding some small detail I mist in past views. Amazing carving.
Don’t stop posting them.

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

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#8 posted 145 days ago

Wiz, that is a beautiful scene and story. Absolutely love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 145 days ago

wow, That is so beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#11 posted 145 days ago

Seriously, how long does it take to put one of these out? I think you average one a week, and to me there must be 40+ hours in each one.

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#12 posted 145 days ago

Thank you everyone!! I have about 15 hours in this on, Jeff. I been doin’ it a while. :)

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#13 posted 145 days ago

As usual, perfect! The bear looks great,fur looks so realistic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 145 days ago

this is a beautiful carving, i have always loved nature, and i have always loved wildlife, bears are on the top of the list, but i love the story your carvings tell, and this story here is one i wish i could be a part of, its a dream…so beautiful.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 145 days ago

Wonderful wood, a Wizard with a great imagination carving it, and a great story to think about and add to.
You are an artist with wood. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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