It didn’t take long for neighbors and passersby on Saturday to figure out that the man in front of 3204 Gettysburg wasn’t just cutting a tree down, but was creating a work of art.
Artist Adam Hall came to town specifically to carve an angel out of a tree in Patty Srader’s front yard. Srader had heard about Hall’s work and commissioned him to come to Altus from Ada with his chainsaws to carve out one of his masterpieces. Aside from the angel, Hall has carved many other pieces in the past including bears, fish, eagles, roosters, and more.
Hall got his start in tree carving from watching his dad Tim. Tim would take ordinary tree stumps, and within a matter of a few hours, and turned them into works of art. Over the past 12 years, Adam has been doing the same thing. He also achieves greater detail with many of his pieces by staining and using a torch to burn in colors and highlights.
“It’s not a full time job, I just do it in my free time or when I get a special order,” Hall says. Hall is a graphic designer for The Gospel Station Network and the youth pastor at Union Valley Baptist Church.
Hall also said that his goal now is to create something with meaning, and whenever possible, to sculpt things that will represent or remind us of Biblical principles.
Hall’s work can cost anywhere from about $200 for a small bear, to $750 or more for a large piece. To see more of Hall’s work, visit his website at adamhallarts.weebly.com