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Wood carver creates new art for New Castle mobile home park

Wood carver Joe Wenal puts the finishing touches on a monument eagle carving that now stands in New Castle's Apple Tree Mobile Home Park.
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New Castle’s Apple Tree Mobile Home Park will introduce a new element to its Independence Day celebration. The park invited local wood carver Joe Wenal to convert an old tree stump at The Village Green into something families and residents can enjoy on the holiday and for years to come.

“It started with us having a remove a big old tree in the park, which left a massive stump that we knew we’d have to do something with,” said Henry Hendrickson, property manager at the mobile home park. “I saw the story in the paper about the wood carving competition in Rifle earlier this year and knew we had to get Joe out here.”

Hendrickson came up with the idea to have Wenal carve an eagle in the stump, and all last week he put chainsaw to wood.

“I picked an eagle because it just so happens to follow our Fourth of July theme this year,” Hendrickson added.

Wenal said that he started carving Tuesday of last week and it took him around 25 to 30 hours to complete the piece.

“I was originally going to do an upright open-winged eagle, but because of the size of the stump I had to adjust to make it sideways,” Wenal explained.

The eagle stands several feet tall with a wing-span of six feet. Wenal described it as a monument carving because it can be seen from for away.

“It’s very cool to have something for all people here to see,” he added.

New Castle residents are welcome to check out the eagle at The Village Green and come to the mobile home park’s 41st annual Independence Day celebration. There will be games and competition for kids and families to enjoy with a water slide, fountain and food and drinks. Music will begin at 5 p.m.

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