Local Chainsaw Artist Turns Remains of 125-Year-Old Tree in West Chester into Extraordinary Sculpture

Image via James Salvas, Daily Local News.

Marty Long, a chainsaw artist from Phoenixville, has created a new sculpture at Marshall Square Park in West Chester from the remains of a 125-year-old red oak, writes Bill Rettew for the Daily Local News.

An array of animals, including owls and squirrels, and a park caretaker have been carved into the huge stump, which was the perfect specimen for carving, according to Long.

“It’s consistent in color with a dark center,” he said. “It’s all about shadows. It shows off the forms really well.”

The idea for a sculpture came from the Friends of Marshall Square Park, who wanted to preserve the remains of the tree after it had died.

“It’s been in this park all this time and it should stay,” said Anne Walters, one of the group’s founding members.

It took Long more than three weeks to finish the project, due in part to the rain slowing him down.

Read more about the sculpture in the Daily Local News here.

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