MESOPOTAMIA - An area wood carver ran into some snags with a 300-year-old oak tree damaged by a summer storm.
Rotten wood coupled with the difficulty of carving hard oak delayed the sculpture's planned finish before Memorial Day, according to Peter Schaden of the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia.
"But we have made some great progress, and I hope we will be finished by the end of the week or beginning of next," Schaden said Monday.
The tree that stood next to the old-fashioned store was damaged last summer by a storm, and some of it had to be cut down. Operators of the family-owned-store decided to have a carving made of what is left.
Rock Creek chain saw artist Bob Anderson began carving the 15-foot trunk into a detailed sculpture on May 17. He worked primarily weekends using chain saws of various sizes and lengths as well as hand rotary tools and sanders for detail.
The public was invited to watch Anderson work, ask questions and guess what the carving will be. Anderson was left the subject of the carving as a surprise.
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. Kenneth and Margaret Schaden purchased the store in 1982.