CLARSKVILLE, Tenn.---In the middle of a busy Fort Campbell Boulevard
is a man and his art.
Michael Koentop is a wood carver, who with a simple piece of wood and a
chainsaw, makes intricate, original sculptures.
"I've made Indians, cowboys, horses, any animal on four legs, or any
animal on two legs," said Koentop.
For the last few months, an empty field along the busy road has been the
headquarters for his company Woodlife Creations. He works alongside his
girlfriend, to make customized works of art. He says it's a skill that is
becoming a lost art form.
"I've been carving for about six years," said Koentop. "I've
got four uncles who carve, two cousins, it's a family thing."
Koentop gets pieces of wood from Amish communities across the country that
are, for the most part, either pine or red cedar. The finished products
start at $100.
It takes Koentop just minutes to create the works of art, and he said he
always works from memory.
"Any kind of piece of wood I've got out here, most people would see it
as a piece of wood," said Koentop. "I see it as a
Koentop hopes the visible location in Clarksville helps him grow his
business. He is working on creating a website, and business cards.
He encourages customers to stop by his lot at 2048 Fort Campbell Blvd. or call