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Chainsaw Sculpting: Seeing the art beneath the bark

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 11:49pm

Jimmy Hobbs' day job is expertly making his way up East Texas trees, cutting off limbs, and hauling them away.

But over the last two years, he's turned his chainsaw into a chisel.

"I saw it on TV. and I thought it was pretty interesting, see if I could do it, and it turned out I could do it," said Hobbs.

What he can do is turn what he's surrounded by everyday, which are stumps, limbs and trunks, into carved wooden statues.

"It's like playing chess you have to think two or three moves ahead when you're cutting on something you know what you want to do, but you have to sit there and figure out how to make the right cut without cutting much off," said Hobbs.

 His work, can seen all around Highway 80, from the eagle in Means Home Center as well the bull and bear outside the cotton gin building in Grand Saline, or the the angel which stands in front of Grace Community Healthcare in Mineola, amongst others.

"It's pretty exciting, I want to call everybody and start sending pictures just so they can see what it turned out to be," said Hobbs.

When most look at a stump or a log, that's all they see, but Hobbs, he sees an armadillo, horses, or even a unicorn.

"You get a piece of wood, you're looking at it, you know what you want, you cut and cut and finally when it starts shaping up, then  you can tell what it is, it's pretty exciting," said Hobbs.

So now the orders are rolling in, with each new project more advanced than the last, but for Hobbs, he can't wait to see what he'll carve up next.

"When you start doing you see it coming together it's rewarding, it's real nice," said Hobbs.

Along with this being a passion, Hobbs says it's also a retirement plan, something he can do once he stops climbing up trees.

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