Carver Cut Campground Damage into Beauty

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August 30, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The blue heron, carved with a chain saw at Odetah Camping Resort in Connecticut.

Click here to watch a video on the following story, courtesy of WTNH-TV, Providence, R.I.

A Bozrah, Conn., campground has found a way to preserve a landmark tree, even though it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

An artist was brought in to work his magic at Odetah Camping Resort.

"It's 90% chain saw and I use smaller power tools like grinders, sanders andĀ dremels. That sort of thing for details," said Kris Connors.

"I'm looking for knots," said Connor, Custom Wood Carvings and More. "I'm looking for things that would get in the way of the face, that kind of thing."

His first sculpture was a blue heron. The resort then commissioned him to carve this work after the 80-foot Eastern white pine was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

"It put a very good split down the center of this tree, which really made this a dangerous tree to have in a parking lot of course," said Nate Adelman, Odetah Camping Resort.

The tree was cut down, leaving a 25-foot section.

"I had to base my design around that split," said Connor.

If you take a close look, you can see where some foam was put in the crack in the tree and Connors will also be adding some roofing cement on top of that. That's all so this winter no ice gets in that crack and splits the tree even more.

The sculpture reflects the wooded wonderland in more ways than one.

"We got an eagle, an owl, squirrel, a family of ducks, " said Connor, "and I tried to incorporate animal families because it's a family campground."

If you want to get a look at the sculpture it's in the parking lot of the resort's miniature golf course, so it's open to the public.


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