Two brothers living in Euclid recently enlisted the aid of a carving expert to sculpt a 10-foot eagle in a tree in their back yard.
Sly and Steve Kodrin have lived together at 1744 E. 230th St. for the past five years. At the time Steve began to develop severe health issues after the death of his wife and was having a difficult time maintaining the gardens so Sly moved in.
He took on the responsibility of caretaker for his brother as well as maintaining the gardens surrounding the property. And that included a massive stump from a chopped down Penn oak in their back yard.
“Me and my brother Steve had the stump for years trying to figure out what we were going to do with it, and I said why don’t we do a tree carving,” Sly said. “I went out looking for someone to carve the design and we found Carvings by Chris in Perry, Ohio.
“Originally, we had planned to do a bear but then he showed me the design for an eagle and right away we were taken by the design.”
Carvings by Chris is an organization owned by Chris Hammack located at 3331 North Ridge Road in Perry. He professionally carves statues with the use of a chainsaw. Hammack’s design for the tree will take the likeness of an eagle with a Betsy Ross flag wrapped around the tree’s trunk. The carving is set to be finished Oct. 23.
“Chris and I…