Survivor Tree Limbs Turned Into Artwork

Friday, April 19th 2013, 8:29 pm
By: News 9

It's the symbolic tree that means so much to so many people. After storm damage last year, some of the Survivor Tree's limbs had to be removed. Now those pieces are being turned in to works of art.

Woodworking is Butch Lindsey's life passion. He's created countless pieces here in his Oklahoma City woodshop for 25 years. But some of his most recent work has a special meaning to him. This piece is from a branch of the Oklahoma City Memorial's Survivor Tree.

Lindsey was approached by the Forest Heritage Center. It's been working with the memorial foundation to preserve pieces of the Survivor Tree that were damaged in storms and have to be removed as part of the maintenance process.

After the bombing, Mark Bays with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, developed a plan to save the tree. He's been taking care of it ever since.

Lindsey wanted to showcase the natural beauty of the tree. On one side he kept the natural bark, and on the other, he's carved a circle, smoothing it and finishing it with oil.

Lindsey's finished piece will go back into the national museum, so that everyone who sees it will continue be inspired by the tree of hope.