For Coach Louis and Peggy Thompson a huge shingle oak tree near their home of 33 years has held many special memories. The tree, on the corner of Second Avenue and Central Boulevard, provided shade in the summer and an area for children to play as they were growing up. 

But over time the tree began to drop huge limbs. “It became dangerous,” said Peggy. The decision was made to cut down the tree, but instead of leveling it to the ground, they contacted chainsaw artist Roark Phillips. Early this year, while it was still cold outside, Phillips brought his chainsaw to the Thompsons property and created a sculpture with different images on both sides of the remaining stump. As an experienced chainsaw artist, it only took Phillips two days to complete the sculpture.