T he Quarryman will return with a new look, chainsaw artist Tim O’Brien told the Granville Village Board Monday night, just not before spring.
The artist behind the original statue detailed the process he saw unfolding throughout the winter to have a piece ready for sometime after the still-falling snow melts away.
“I want to be true to what was there, but I’m thinking about something simpler,” O’Brien said.
The concept guiding his chainsaw this time will be to bring to life a Quarryman that will be easier to maintain while at the same time designed to avoid some of the problems that plagued the previous tenant of Lions Park.
“Everything about this will be simpler in every way,” he said. O’Brien told the board he had a line on some large pieces of pine from Saratoga County and hoped the pieces would suit his purposes.
Some of the changes he’s contemplating include a simpler color scheme, a likely change is size and protections from sun and weather.
After the original was destroyed during an effort to save it from bug and weather damage in the fall of 2009, O’Brien said he planned to “float” this statue and have it not actually touching the ground to prevent water damage. Water damage leads to insects, and insects were what did in the last Quarryman, he said.
Delaying the start of work, however, would be the search for a suitable tree. “I don’t want to rush it because no one was happy last time,” he said.
Board member Dean Hyatt asked O’Brien what kind of wood he planned to use this time around.
O’Brien said pine, adding he did not think the silver maple used last time had shown using a hardwood had any particular benefit and the softer wood was easier to work with.
Mayor Jay Niles said Calvin Bourn’s tree service had found several large logs as possible candidates to become the new Quarryman during the summer and delivered those to the artist’s Lake George studio.
Unfortunately, O’Brien said, the largest of the pine logs he received from Bourn had a rotten core and was unusable for his purposes as a new Quarryman.
“I’m still looking for a bigger log, something real big in diameter,” O’Brien said spreading his arms wide open.
At the January meeting O’Brien said he planned to present a clay miniature of a concept to the board to get some feedback on his new concept.
“I’m looking for something simple, real easy – that’s the vision I see,” he said. After presenting the example to the board in January, if the board members are happy with the concept, O’Brien said he plans to work on the statue outside over the course of the winter and having something ready to be installed in warmer weather.