Chain Saw Sculptor Creates Patriotic Tribute from dead tree in Tulsa's Veterans Park
Right behind our home is Veteran's Park at 21st and Boulder. There are always great activities going on in the park -- community and family events and concerts -- also often the start/end of many road races.
I've been watching this carved tree develop the past few weeks and finally walked over to the park with dear husband, pup and camera in hand this afternoon.
The gentleman carving the tree is Clayton Coss, a renowned tree carver who carves trees with a chain saw - his only tool.
This particular tree was damaged in a recent ice storm and is hollow inside. Saving what would likely be firewood, Clayton's theme for the tree is "The Two Sides of Freedom."
From the back side of the tree, you see two children playing, the American flag and the eagle -- symbols of what we enjoy as our freedoms.
On the front of the tree is a soldier with a gun in hand, each medal of honor that can be awarded, a folded flag given to a deceased soldier's family . . . and more carving on its way.
I came home to download the photos I took and found an article by the Tulsa World about the project which explained that this chain saw wood sculptor is commissioned to do this project in Tulsa's Veterans Park, thanks to a grant by the Helmerich Foundation and Park Friends.
It was nice to talk to Clayton and listen to his description and vision, both filled with passion. You can see more of his work at his web site.
See more photos of the tree!