Jeremy Smith’s ea­gle stands as a high­way land­mark.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - SJ Edi­tor By Kevin Myrick

A chain­saw is a paint­brush and logs are the can­vas for one lo­cal artist who has taken his tal­ents to tele­vi­sion in the past, and now has come up with a gen­uine new land­mark one has to see on High­way 101 out­side of Aragon.

Jeremy Smith — the same artist who used a chain­saw to carve the Chero­kee faces at Big Spring Park in Cedar­town — re­cently com­pleted a large bald ea­gle us­ing mul­ti­ple parts and in­cludes a fun sur­prise. The ea­gle’s head can move. Smith, who be­gan work­ing out of All­star Tree Ser­vice off High­way 101 north of Aragon in Fe­bru­ary, found a pile of chain­saw bars and thought about how when they were spread out on the ground, they re­sem­bled wings.

It was only a few leaps from there for his idea of wings to be­come the bald ea­gle that can now be seen at All­star along with other works to­day.

When he brought to­gether the wings, the body and feet, and then the head, he de­cided it would be cool if it was big enough to ride.

He was able to use seg­ments and wire to make the head move, which can be seen in the video on­line at Polk­stan­dard­jour­

Smith said he would like to sell the ea­gle, but that likely it would have to go to some­one who had the means to buy and move the heavy wood carv­ing.

For now, he hopes it be­comes a new land­mark in Polk County.

“I have a lot of other things that peo­ple will like too,” Smith said.

Since he be­gan chain­saw carv­ing art sev­eral years ago, Smith said he feels his work has con­tin­u­ously im­proved. He has a va­ri­ety of items for sale on his web­site oth­er­levelsculp­, and shows off his work in progress a lot of the time on his Face­book as well.

How­ever, his name re­ally got at­ten­tion dur­ing Hal­loween 2016, when he placed as a fi­nal­ist on the Food Net­work’s Hal­loween Wars with his pump­kin de­signs.

Smith also took part in Chap­tac­u­lar Chain­saw Carv­ing Bash, a char­ity event held in Novem­ber. More than 80 chain­saw carvers de­scended on a sleepy lit­tle town out­side of Ma­con and raised $150,000 for cys­tic fi­bro­sis re­search.

“This thing started (and is still held) in this guy’s back­yard, and a bunch of sweaty dust mon­key saw jock­eys cor­ralled that much money,” he said. “I don’t know why this event isn’t more fa­mous yet to be hon­est.”

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Jeremy Smith cre­ated this bald ea­gle with a mov­ing head in his lat­est chain­saw carv­ing art project. The wings are made out of chain­saw bars, and the rest out of sev­eral logs.

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