Ad Spot

Chainsaw artist transforms stumps into artwork

MADISON – Dale Rohe, owner of Rohe Bee Ranch, had to use some creative thinking to resolve an eyesore in his front yard. Luckily, he knew just the right person to turn ‘lemons into lemonade.’

At his home on Cline Drive, Rohe had to cut down a mature silver maple tree that had serious damage. He also was concerned about its roots getting to the house’s foundation. The stumpy, chopped-off limbs left an unsightly, dead hulk.

“My wife found Roark Phillips on the internet, and he was also recommended by a friend of ours that had seen some of his work when Roark had worked on Redstone Arsenal,” Rohe said. Phillips of Fayetteville, Tenn. is a chainsaw artist and owns Boots, Chaps and Chainsaws, a chainsaw carving and rustic design service.

Phillips turns “logs into sculptures and limbs into beautiful furniture,” he said.

“After seeing some of samples from his website, we knew Roark would provide us with a sculpture that we would enjoy for years,” Rohe said. “We mentioned a few ideas for what we would like the sculpture to be, maybe a bear or something in the beekeeping realm since I’m a beekeeper.”

“I was not sure what Roark’s final design would be. We really wanted to let Roark decide after seeing the tree trunk what design would work best,” Rohe said. “We left that (decision) up to him and his creativity.”

For his design, Phillips reduced the four cut-off limbs into one slender ‘tree trunk.’ At the top of the trunk, he sculpted a large bee hive. His final element was a full-size black bear, smiling as it scrambles up the tree to reach the bee’s honey. He also painted the ‘sculpture.’

The Rohes think Phillips design was perfect, especially because they farm bees. “We planted that tree 23 years ago. It’s nice to have it still here as a piece of art,” Rohe said.

After starting with a couple of colonies, Rohe now farms honey with his business, Rohe Bee Ranch. A typical yield of honey in one year is one ton. He also makes candles, soap, lip balm and furniture polish. For information, visit rohebeeranch.com.

For more information about Roark’s work, visit cuttinthru.com or Facebook/Boots, Chaps and Chainsaws.

Events

Asbury Church to present “Lessons & Carols: The Songs of Christmas” on Dec. 4

Events

Christmas at Burritt on the Mountain

Events

Madison Community Band to present “Christmas Journey”

Events

Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is now open!

Harvest

Still Serving Veterans named ‘Nonprofit of the Year

James Clemens High School

Markowitz, Odom and Wyche earn BBB’s ‘Torch Award for Ethics’

Bob Jones High School

Arslanbekov of Madison merits first place in von Braun Symposium

Harvest

Civic-minded groups help Madison’s blood supply

Events

Fantasy Playhouse’s “A Christmas Carol” to open Dec. 2

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse uses grant for technical theatre lab

Events

Rocket City Christmas Light Show in Madison returns Friday

Bob Jones High School

Reflections fine arts gives outlet for students’ creativity

Events

Madison natives, The Beasley Brothers, plan annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theater Dec. 15

Madison natives, The Beasley Brothers, plan annual Christmas concert at the Princess Theater Dec. 15

Madison

Huntsville International Airport: TSA expects surge in travel volume for Thanksgiving, stresses preparedness

Madison

“Skills for Success” training program debuts to solve bus driver shortage

Madison

James Clemens principal picked to lead Hartselle school district

Events

Huntsville Ballet returns ‘The Nutcracker’ to the VBC stage

Bob Jones High School

‘Pullin’ for Partnership’ raises funds for Partnership prevention

Events

2022 Holiday Event Guide

Madison

AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans will travel during the long holiday weekend

AAA expects nearly 55 million Americans will travel during the long holiday weekend

Events

Skating in the Park is back for its 10th season

Madison

Liftoff! NASA’s Artemis I mega rocket launches Orion to the moon

Bob Jones High School

Next MCS workshop to deal with teenage depression

Madison

Flu season strikes early in Madison schools but prevention is key

x