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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trees transformed into chess pieces in Great Falls

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Hello everyone,

Here's an interesting chess news to share with a video. Enjoy. 

A larger than life chess game is taking shape at the home of former Great Falls mayor Dona Stebbins, where two spruce trees are being transformed into a king and queen. The trees took a beating over the past few years; she had all but the bottom seven feet taken down, and then decided to get creative.

Stebbins said, "I couldn't bear to part with them on a permanent basis so I wanted to do something that was really unique. Something that would really lend something nice to the town." Stebbins solicited the help of well-known Libby sculptor Ron Adamson and his son to turn what she called the "grandma and grandpa" trees into something special.

Adamson noted, "This is different cause you don't know what you're gonna get. There are cracks in it you have to work with. There are bug holes and there are bugs flying around and when I get stung I tend to have to go see the doctor, so things like that are a concern."

Ron typically works indoors on western wildlife pieces.

He and son Jeff started carving on Monday, and expect to wrap up by this weekend.

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