Tree damaged in Superstorm Sandy carved into “whimsical castle”

OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — Jared Welcome has been chainsaw carving for over two years, so when he was asked to go to Old Lyme to help carve a maple tree into a fairy-tale castle, he jumped at the chance.

The tree was damaged in Superstorm Sandy back in 2012, and now it’s going to be turned into a work of art. The Wee Faerie Village comes to the shoreline town every October and 2015’s theme is whimsical kingdoms.

“Artists from all over come here and make a fairy-tale castle, tower, or palace,” said David Rau, who helps to organize the event each year.

For Welcome, this is a challenge that he is excited to take on. His talents have even been used at different businesses in Connecticut. He carved the Black Bear Auto logo for their company in Bristol.

Welcome says he enjoys being able to create a piece of art for people.

“Whatever I cut on this side affects what gets cut on the back side, so you have to think three-dimensional the whole time. It’s just awesome to be able to incorporate all that,” he said.

The Wee Faerie Village will start on October 1st in Old Lyme and continue the entire month.

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