Chainsaw Artist Turns Damaged Trees Into Unique Sculptures

By ALAN BOUTIQUE

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PARKVILLE, Missouri (KMBC) — A Kansas City artist uses a chainsaw to create artwork in Parkville.

“When I started it was just a cylinder and everyone just looked at it weird and said, ‘What are you doing? “said TJ Jenkins.

Jenkins is good with a chainsaw. Some of his works are quite legendary, like an eagle in English Landing Park in Parkville.

“He didn’t want to see that tree go to waste,” Jenkins said.

It was a tree that was struck by lightning, so the city decided to make a sculpture of it.

“I find it hard to call myself an artist. I just started scraping off pieces of wood,” Jenkins said.

Who else tells you lightning doesn’t strike twice, think again within 100 feet another tree was struck by lightning just over a month ago, the city once said moreover that it was cheaper to make art out of it than to remove it.

“To cut down a poplar tree that size by $1,500, maybe $2,000,” said Parkville Parks Superintendent Tom Barnard.

Jenkins said it’s more than an opportunity to make money, it’s a chance to do something that makes people smile.

“They give me a boost and it’s pretty cool,” he said.

The city said it’s not just about saving trees, it’s about making the park a more welcoming place for anyone who wants to come and enjoy it.

It’s a job that keeps Jenkins busy.

“By creating sculptures like this, it’s unique and it gives you something to look at that none of the parks have,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins has been making chainsaw art for nine years. He said the project will be completely finished in about a week.

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