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1. I’m ruffing out a heart carving with my chain saw in the first picture. 2. Me in my work attire when I carved at the Burl shop in Kerby, Oregon. 3. Me standing next to the beginning of a giant heart carving in front of my workshop. 4. Carving at my Dremel carving easle. I have a box with peg board over it, hooked to a dust collector to keep the fine sawdust moving out of the air. 5. Me standing in front of a carved heart in my shop. 6. Me carving away making sawdust. My favorite thing to do! 7. My carving easle. I usually have a dozen or so Dremels hooked up with a different bit in each. I have six that are hanging with flex shafts for the more powerful work and six or so of the regular Dremels below. I use variable speed tools for a diamond smoothing burr and a wire wheel. All the other are full speed ahead.

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 11:49 PM

gary,,,,well, what a great set up, i love the carvers apron..very practical for what you do, you have a wonderful set up, very ideal, many would dream to have such a nice set up, i know im so very happy to have my shop and the tools i do have, its wonderful, your work is very inspiring as well, its the kind of work that would give you a smile all day long…thanks for the look into your world, made my day…its always so nice to see another woodworker happy in his woodworking world.

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

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 12:01 AM

Great shop/workspace. I love your work attire and have to admit I’m envious. Thanks for sharing and keep turning out your outstanding carvings.

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 12:39 AM

You are one heck of an artisan.

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

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 12:51 AM

Great workshop. You look very comfortable in it.

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

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 01:34 AM

Interesting workshop, seems it suits you well.

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 02:41 AM

That is a really well thought out workspace, Love your gear, it’s good to be able to use a variety of tools without having to change bits all the time. It’s like having 3 or 4 chucks, all with the most used jaws on each one.

I absolutely love your tree bridge. Was that an early piece?, it looks like it has been there for a while.

Thanks for sharing.


-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 02:55 AM

gary, do you ever take on students , so that they can learn your craft and your style, carving is one one ting, but the type of work you is special..

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

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 03:28 AM

Is that a ballistic nylon kilt???

Loved the photos. Grokked the scenario. Wish I was there.

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 03:40 AM

It’s a Utilikilt, Eric. You can go to:
I have quite a few of them. I was around the public for a number
of years and really got a kick out of wearing one. I wear one every
time I leave the house and in the heat of summer in the shop. It sort
of helps charm my life.

I didn’t do the tree bridge, Bob. I have made things like it though. Pretty
fun. We have Manzanita grow all around here. It can really bend a lot growing
toward the light and it is a pretty hard wood. So there can be a lot of kool
choices of pieces to work with.

I have taught classes, Grizz but I haven’t for some time. I will help carvers
out who come by and online I help quite a lot. I’m not really set up any
more to teach in my shop.


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 10:25 AM

Always nice to see woodworker in action in his natural environment.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 01:02 PM


-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 02:34 PM

Wiz, you have one of the most interesting shops that I have seen.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 03:11 PM

Nice shop – nice place – nice smile. Keep up the good work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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