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Dead tree got you stumped? Turn it into tree-mendous art

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Journal Staff

So you’ve got a dead tree in the yard and don’t know what to do with it.

If you’re like a growing number of Sarnians, you need only call yourself a stump artist and upcycle it into a work of art.

Tree stump art has spread across the city and owes its genesis to the emerald ash borer, an insect that wiped out thousands of Sarnia’s ash trees.

In 2010, a group of people at Hobbyfest were standing beneath a dying ash in Centennial Park that had long shaded the Triple C carving group’s display.

When city arborists removed dozens of infested park trees later that year they left six trunks standing for carvers to turn into rooted sculptures.

The idea of salvaging something from the borer’s devastation caught on, and dozens of residents have since taken a crack at creating their own work of art or hired professional chainsaw artists to carve one for them.

Local examples range from human faces to animals and birds, as well as fairy houses, mushrooms and a number of abstract pieces.

So before you unearth that bothersome tree stump in the yard just think of the possibilities. You might never look at a dead tree the same way again.

This one of a guitar wrapped in angel wings was done in memory of Ron Parks, a guitar player and avid fan of ‘70s and ‘80s music.
Glenn Ogilvie
This tree stump in front of a home on Turner Drive has been turned into a castle, proudly displaying the thistle and flag of Scotland.
Glenn Ogilvie
Nothing says Canada like a beaver dressed up as a Mountie. This one was carved in Centennial Park after the emerald ash borer decimated the park’s ash trees.
Glenn Ogilvie
Visitors to Centennial Park often stop to admire this guitarist, which makes use of the trunk and two lower branches of a dead ash tree.
Glenn Ogilvie
This interpretive piece has graced the front yard of home on Richard Street for the past several years.
Glenn Ogilvie
Animals carved into the base of the beaver Mountie in Centennial Park.
Glenn Ogilvie


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