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Clarksville Wood Carver Creates Art From Logs

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by Emily Luxen

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 sculpture."

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 931-896-0618.


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