An old tree stump in Oologah has been turned into a work of art.
Sharon and Steve Wigginton recently had to take down two old silver maples in their yard on Lake Ave. Sharon decided to research turning one of the stumps into yard art.
“I hate it that we lost the trees but I thought let’s take lemons and make lemonade out of it,” she said. “I miss the shade but we’ll plant some more trees in the fall.”
She contacted wood sculptor Clayton Coss from Inola and sent him a picture of the tree stump. When Coss came to the property, she showed him a picture of a bear carved into a stump in the Owasso area.
Coss told her he was the artist who made the bear in her picture. Wigginton hired Coss for several hundred dollars to create a bear in her yard.
Coss used three different sized chain saws. It took him about three hours to carve the bear.
Because of decay, the tree stump had turned a honey color. Wigginton’s grandson named the piece of art “Honey Bear.”
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