Quarryman plans in works

M oments after the sharp crack and before the sawdust had even settled into the grass of Lions Park on that cool and clear fall day, chainsaw artist Tim O’Brien knew he wanted to make another Quarryman statue

Before the pieces had been gathered together and moved from the lawn where the statue stood for a decade, O’Brien was already figuring out what he would do the next time.

It has taken a year to get to the next step, but it looks like Granville could have another Quarryman by spring.

Monday night Mayor Jay Niles approached the village board asking it to consider entering into an agreement with O’Brien for a new Quarryman sculpture. Niles said O’Brien told him he plans to work on the new statue over the course of the winter and have it finished by sometime in the spring. O’Brien will provide the village with a plan for the new sculpture for the board’s November meeting. Board members reacted positively to the news.

This will not be a reproduction or a copy of the original but a reinvention of the statue, the mayor said.

O’Brien said he wanted white pine versus the silver maple used previously because the pine is easier to find and even easier to work with.

In 2009, noticing the statue was in need of repair O’Brien, along Dan Williams and Russell Bronson, gathered in hopes of preserving the Quarryman as he stood.

Insects and dry rot had damaged the statue to the point village officials realized something had to be done to keep the icon around for the future.

However, when they loosened up the mounting bolts and hooked straps around the body of the Quarryman, no one knew how far the silver maple statue had deteriorated.

The Quarryman buckled under its own weight and snapped in half, much to the surprise of those assembled.

After hearing about what had happened, local arborist Calvin Bourn came forward and volunteered to find a tree big enough for O’Brien’s plans.

Bourn searched for some time before he eventually found several sections of pine tree at a job site big enough for what O’Brien planned.

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