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Chain Saw Artist Creates Patriotic Tribute In Tulsa's Veterans Park

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The patriotic theme suits the sculpture's location in Tulsa's Veterans Park. The patriotic theme suits the sculpture's location in Tulsa's Veterans Park.
Clayton Coss hopes the public will enjoy and be inspired by his patriotic tribute. Clayton Coss hopes the public will enjoy and be inspired by his patriotic tribute.

By Michael Blair, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Clayton Coss enjoys making art of something that might otherwise become firewood. The chain saw wood sculptor has that opportunity in Tulsa's Veterans Park, thanks to a grant by the Helmerich Foundation and Park Friends.

Coss is transforming a tree that fell victim to an ice storm a year ago into a patriotic tribute to U.S. veterans.

"It's an oak tree that was damaged in the ice storm of '07 - it's hollow," he said. "I did a design to fit in with the park. There will be an eagle, and a flag, a soldier - and a lot of other things. It will all come together. It's very patriotic."

Coss said he uses everyday chain saws as well as a special saw designed for carving.

"Hopefully it will take something that wasdefinitely destined for firewood at best and make it something that a lot of people hopefull will appreciate it, enjoy it and - hopefully - be inspired when they see it," he said.

Coss expects to be working on the sculpture through early October, so Tulsans have a chance to be inspired by the artist as well as his art at Veterans Park, 21st and Boulder.

 

 

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