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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 introduced a new element to its Independence Day celebration on Tuesday. Last week the park invited local wood carver Joe Wenal to come out and convert an old tree stump at The Village Green into something families and residents can enjoy 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 the week before the holiday 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.

“I picked an eagle because it just so happens to follow our Fourth of July theme this year.”Henry HendricksonProperty Manager

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.


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