By Kent Berkley
Some people see a dead tree and dread the backbreaking labor it will take to remove it. Garrett Wendlandt, on the other hand, sees a chance to brandish his chainsaws and create art. Wendlandt did just that when he was commissioned by Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services Director Bob Bordeau to create a wood sculpture in Martin Park from a dead ash tree that held a prominent place in the park. Wendlandt says he had free reign with the subject matter as long as it had a musical theme to go with the bandstand in the park.
Wendlandt says he used a combination of chainsaws to create the piece for everything except the eyes the owl for which he used a special tool. He says it took him about 25 hours to complete the project.