Chain-saw sculptor salvages Sandy-struck colonial tree in Cortlandt

Tragedy turns into art in Cortlandt Manor

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The Cortlandt Healthcare Center has brought in an artist to carve sculptures out of a centuries-old tree on its property felled by Hurricane Sandy.

Rick Pratt, who calls himself the "Chain-saw Artist," has created statues, such as bears, owls and other wildlife out of the tree.

"Bringing Rick in was a great decision to, I think, just kind of keep it alive," said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of the center, located in Cortlandt Manor.

During the superstorm, some 25 trees, some dating to the American Revolution, were downed. The one tree in particular that Pratt worked with, a 250-year-old oak, was planted the same time the Upper Van Cortlandt Manor House on the property was built, long before George Washington slept there.

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