It’s a fairytale ending for an old tree near the shoreline that was badly damaged in Superstorm Sandy.
This stump was heading for the woodchopper until one man with an amazing talent broke-out his chainsaw and decided to transform it into a piece of art.
Jared Welcome welcomed this new challenge in Old Lyme. He's an artist who doesn't bother with a paintbrush, he prefers something with a little more power.
Welcome has an amazing talent for carving characters into tree stumps.
Some of his previous projects include everything from dogs to ghosts and his signature bear carvings. But this week, he's transforming what's left of a maple tree following Superstorm Sandy into a fairy tower.
"It's my first non-animal carving of this year, so I jumped at it because it's nice to do something completely different,” Welcome said. “So it's definitely unique and fun.”
"It's kinda like taking a lemon, I guess, and making lemonade,” David Rau with Florence Griswold Museum said. “Why not take a tree that's slated to be ground up and make some art out of it first?"
Rau said Florence Griswold Museum is where the carving continues to marvel everyone.
"I think it's so creative, beautiful,” Lois Diana, of Vernon, said. “I wish I had such talent."
"People enjoy seeing the progression, what it looked like, a log to a stump to an actual carving,” Welcome said.
When it's done, the castle will be part of the museum's Wee Fairy Village. It is a month-long event in October "towering" over all the land.
"You know, it's meant to be more for fairies and fantasy and imagination, which I really like,” Welcome said.
It'll be for sale when it's done and his pieces go for a few hundred dollars each.
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