Davey Tree employee, Chris Worley, believes you can wood-turn art from just about any tree species, including maple, oak, cherry, walnut and box elder. Chris Worley, Davey Tree foreman, looks at downed trees differently than the average human—he sees opportunity. He collects old or damaged logs that are removed or fall from trees after and during storms, then begins to turn dead tree wood into natural pieces of art he sells to people all over the world.
“It’s my main hobby,” he says. “I’ve made a lot of pieces, perhaps thousands.”
Approximately seven years ago, a man approached Worley on the job and asked what he planned to do with all the downed trees on the work site. Instead of hauling them away, Worley helped the man gather some wood—a collection Worley soon discovered fed the man’s passion for wood turning.