May 27, 2008
Local chainsaw artist Russ Ehart, displays his latest work, an 8 1/2 foot tall metal sculpture of a wheat stalk May 20. Ehart, who is used to working with wood, said it took him about a week to finish the sculpture because he had to buy a lot of new tools so he could work with the new medium. The sculpture is for Stanley Itzen of Hillsboro. Another project Ehart has been working on is a chainsaw carvers competition that will be held at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds and will be a part of Tonganoxie Days. Ehart said he has about six carvers that are ready to participate. He has invited the carvers to bring pieces to sell and has arranged for all of the pieces made during the competition to be sold at an auction that will begin at 4 p.m. the same day.