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Location: Grants Pass, Oregon, USA

I am Gary Burns, better known as Wiz, the Tree Wizard.
I stared carving to make Christmas Gifts while putting myself through college in 1971. I started carving for a living in 1978. In the beginning I sold at at a flea market in Roseville, California and then craft shows. I then established "The Tree Wizard Gallery" in June Lake, California from 1984-2000. I am now carving at my home studio in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Carving is my Love and my Passion. Nothing else that I do gives me more pleasure. I believe that focusing on Love and Forgiveness is the gateway to the best of all possible experiences in life.
Carving tree scenes in slabs were some of the first carvings I did and I still love carving tree scenes. Each tree scene is carved from a single piece of wood with mostly a high speed drill, similar to a dentist drill. This enables me to get the detail you see. Each piece is completely original.
I really enjoy carving in burl wood. Each piece of burl is a work of art in itself. I carve the Wizards and Fantasy Fish in Pine knots. They have such an interesting quality about them.
I love to twist reality a few turns. I hope that my whimsical creations make you smile.

I have started a blog @ with some info on me and my carving techniques that I will continue to add to as I can. <(8^)

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 05:48 PM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 11:36 PM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 12:57 AM

Glad to become a member! I am a wood carver and sell on etsy.

Thanks for such a wonderful online venue!!

Gary “Wiz” Burns

-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 04:01 AM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 09:22 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks! I hope you will enjoy your membership. Look forward to seeing some projects!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 03:30 PM

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 03:40 PM

Thanks so much, Mariya!!! I appreciate the welcome!! Looks like a wonderful group of woodworkers!!!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#8 posted 10-21-2013 11:30 AM

Wow! What a fantastic carver you are. Look forward to seeing more of your fine carvings.

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

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 11:28 AM

Like all of your carvings…absolutely awesome.

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

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#10 posted 10-26-2013 10:40 AM

Wow Gary, Your carving is just remarkable. Something I just always figured I was not artistic or skilled enough to even attempt to do. I figure we are close in age and I’m 65 and still have the same love for working with wood as it seems you do. Love your work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 01-18-2014 12:54 AM

You are an accomplished artist and talented

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#12 posted 01-19-2014 04:19 AM

awesome work Wiz…..

-- Bret - Maverick Wood Studio

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 04:30 AM

hey wiz,
i’m trying to get a start in carving but have no experience. I don’t much like using power tools but I do have them just in case. is there a specific video or similar that you would suggest to help kick start another addiction?

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#14 posted 07-02-2014 06:42 PM

Howdy Iron Sides!

I have never gotten a video and don’t know of any good ones. There are carving clubs in a lot of towns. They are pretty kool because it is so low keyed. Every one is just sitting around carving and you get to watch and ask questions. Sometimes they have their meetings at a High School Wood Shop or even at some Community Colleges. Youtube is a great place to explore.
When I started, I would take a pine board, draw a line maybe 2” from the edge that will tell you where the frame is and filled the inside with lines and circles and what ever struck my fancy. I couldn’t draw well so everything was simple. Then I took the dremel and just started carving. I experimented on everything I could think of. If your first projects are sort of abstract, there won’t be any way to goof them up. And if you start with small projects, you can remember your past lessons in the next piece you do.
If there is any way that I can help, please let me know!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#15 posted 08-07-2014 07:48 PM

Hi Gary. You seem to be the Norman Rockwell of wood carvers as your carvings have a huge amount of character to them. Interesting that you mentioned Roseville, California. I spent a lot of time their in my teens 1953-1957. I can imagine that it is a quite different place now. Me and my friends used to boat on Folsom lake near there and my older brother went to Thousand Oaks High nearby.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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