Chain Saw Sculptor Creates Patriotic Tribute from dead tree in Tulsa's Veterans Park

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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. Full tree being carved by Claytonn Coss in Tulsa's Veteran's Park

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.

Clayton said that yet to come is a fallen soldier and helmet, and the hollow portion of the tree will be lighted. He hopes to complete the project in time for events on Veteran's Day. Inscription on tree, "Two Sides of Freedom"

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!

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Jane Cross
Homes By Cross serving Charlotte NC Real Estate Needs - Charlotte, NC

That is very cool stuff. My husband and I visited what was once Biloxi...and the artists there had carved some of the remaining trees into art. I had lived there back in the day, and all landmarks are gone. Nice to see that Tulsa is keeping up with a very cool new "artistic" approach to the death of a tree.

Oct 03, 2009 10:53 AM #1
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

the chain saw sculpting is such a neat thing to watch.  We have several guys that do that in our area. Good post, Lori.


Oct 03, 2009 11:56 AM #2
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
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Wow, how kewl this is.  I can hardly wait for pictures of the finished work.  Thanks for sharing!

Oct 03, 2009 06:12 PM #3
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

It's pretty amazing to watch it "unfold."  Who would think such precise details could be accomplished with a chain saw? I'll definitely post photos when the artist is done!

Oct 04, 2009 12:58 AM #4
Susan Brown
Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too) - Kingwood, TX

Lori, This is awesome.  And what a creative person Clayton Coss is.  I hope you'll take photos of its completion too!

Oct 07, 2009 05:10 AM #5
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