MESOPOTAMIA - A 300-year-old oak tree left damaged by a summer storm will soon be transformed into a work of art.
The End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia has commissioned Rock Creek artist Bob Anderson to carve the 15-foot trunk into a detailed sculpture. He will use chainsaws of various sizes and lengths as well as hand rotary tools and sanders.
Mary Ellen Dyson, manager of the deli / cafe at the store, said the tree stands next to the old-fashioned store, which has been in business for more than 170 years.
''Last summer the tree was damaged by a storm, and some of it had to be cut down,'' Dyson said, indicating it was decided to have a carving made of what is left instead of tearing the rest down.
The addition will add to Mespo Center, where there is also a large wooden horse and buggy on the corner.
Dyson said no one knows what the completed chainsaw project will be, and it will take two weekends to complete.
When you go
WHAT: Chainsaw tree carving
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 17 and 24; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18; and noon to 5 p.m. May 19
WHERE: End of the Commons General Store, 8719 Route 534, Mesopotamia
The carving will take place May 17-19 and May 24 to 25. The public is invited to watch the transformation. There is no fee.
''It's supposed to be a surprise for everyone. People can bring their chairs or sit at the pavilion nearby and watch as it's being done,'' she said.
The End of the Commons General Store is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the oldest operating general stores in the United States.