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Trees get chopped down around Lubbock all of the time, but one man is taking recycling to the next level. Cam Dockery is the carver who turns old tree stumps into works of art using a chainsaw.
You might have noticed that the tree stumps on 98th and Slide are carved into different animals.
"It wound up being in a place where they were very easily seen," Dockery said. "I've done hundreds in Lubbock. A lot of carvings. But those are the ones that people see the most."
Dockery carved those animals right in the ground using a chainsaw.
"They came up with a few ideas, and I did too," Dockery said. "We just came up with a bunch of different wildlife that we could carve there. It turned out alright."
It all started when he chopped down a tree in front of his house.
"The tree started to die," Dockery said. "So, I carved it one day into a bear. As people would drive by, they would see the carving and start ordering stuff. It really took off from there."
So he started his business and called it "Bearly Making It" because of the bear he carved first.
"I've had a lot of calls from people seeing those. Also, my website is right there beside it. But, you have to be quick to see it," Dockery said.
Since then, he has made over six thousand carvings.
"It's very dangerous," Dockery said. "It's loud. I can't hear very well anymore."
Plus, he has two of the cutest assistants you have ever seen-- his sons Cale and Cray Dockery.
"They help me all of the time," Dockery said. "They are very handy. They pick up wood chips and haul wood around. They do a little bit of painting. I told them when they could color really well, then they could help me paint. So, they were awesome colorers when they were four-years-old."
"Nobody else's Dad works with chainsaws. Just some people's," Cale and Cray said.
He even made a carving for his favorite news channel in Lubbock! It says "FOX 34" carved in wood.
"I'm proud of my carvings," Dockery said. "It's kind of a neat deal. Each one that I make... There's a story behind them. I know exactly where the log comes from, or the person that's getting it from me."
A stump is normally the end of the road for a tree. But for Dockery, it is just the beginning of a work of art.
If you would like to recycle your old tree stump into artwork, or even just get a cool carving for the house... you can visit Dockery's website here