Dead tree stumps reanimated by wood carvers

Woodworking enthusiasts have been beavering away on dead trees in Saskatoon, transforming stumps of old trees into new works of fine craftsmanship.

Woodworking enthusiasts have been beavering away on dead trees in Saskatoon, transforming stumps of old trees into new works of fine craftsmanship.

The carvers are with the Saskatchewan Woodworker's Guild and their work can be seen on many properties.

One carving, on the front lawn of Cal Isaacson's home in Saskatoon's east side, has attracted attention for its elaborate treatment of branches.

Limbs of a dead birch tree, which was ravaged by beetles, now feature intricate faces and animal shapes.

Isaacson is president of the Woodworker's Guild. He says carving tree stumps just makes sense.

"Well, what else are you going to do with it? I don't want firewood because we have no fireplace," Isaacson told CBC News.

Isaacson has been carving for 24 years. Work on his birch tree took place in 2011, with help from some of his carving friends.

(With files from CBC's Madeline Kotzer)

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