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

Tragedy turns into art in Cortlandt Manor

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.

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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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