Wood carver transforms tree removed by TVA into work of art

Wood carver transforms tree removed by TVA into work of art (Image 1)

A huge pine tree removed for safety reasons in Williamson County has now been transformed into a piece of art.

Chad Gainey volunteered to turn the tree’s trunk into something commemorative for the community since it meant so much to so many.

“We were watching the news and they were talking about taking down this tree that had been a landmark for the community and I said to my wife, ‘I should go carve that,’” he said.

Gainey said he never dreamed of being able to do something like this.

“It’s always good to refill the karma bank a little bit,” he said with a laugh.

He said it was a lot of work, but since it’s something he loves to do, it doesn’t feel like actual work.

Homeowner Dana Duncan was beyond thankful of Gainey’s kindness.

“Thank you just doesn’t really cover it,” she told News 2.

The 60-foot pine was removed by TVA officials who said it was a safety hazard.

According to TVA policy, anything over 15 feet tall and within 75 feet of a power line is considered a risk.

Duncan has lived at the subdivision for 14 years and last Christmas she and her family decorated the tree with lights for the first time.

After finding out three weeks ago the tree had to come down, Duncan told News 2 she regrets not starting the tradition sooner.

She lit up the tree less than a week ago to celebrate its last remaining days.

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