By Moira Blazi
Chainsaw sculptor Gary Jewel stopped by the Libby Care Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to visit with the residents and give them a chainsaw carving demonstration.
Jewel carved a small pine tree and a “howdy” sign which lucky care center resident, Jerry Duncan, got to keep.
“I thought it was pretty cool, I’ve been around chainsaws my whole life and nobody ever did this,” exclaimed care center resident Georgia Woody.
“ I did it last year and they all enjoyed it,” Jewel said, and recreation director Kandiss Peterson, who was on hand for the event, was very grateful to Jewel for taking the time to share his art with the residents.
“You don’t know how much this means to them,” Peterson told The Montanian. “Everybody is really touched by what he does for them. It’s a lonely world, being old.”
Jewel also participated in the Ron Adamson Chainsaw Carving event last weekend where he carved a mama and baby bear, as well as leading seminars and workshops.
Libby Care Center resident, Georgia Woody (middle), shows off a new sign with artist Gary Jewel (left) and Activity Director, Kandiss Peterson (right). Photo courtesy of Gary Jewel.