Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.ROB HENSON April 25, 2014 3:37am
While seeing a giant Murray cod is often a special private moment, the new 3
Chainsaw sculptor Mark Rosenbrock, from Mark’s Whimseys, began work on the river red gum on Saturday, before hitting a major snag.
‘‘There were steel rods in the tree, so we spent a fair time gouging them out,’’ he said.
‘‘Maybe they were tent pegs put into the tree years ago, I dunno.’’
The incident ripped a few teeth from the saw but Mr Rosenbrock continued on, working from a small-scale model placed alongside the tree.
After seven hours’ work on Saturday, thousands got their first glimpse of the public artwork when it was displayed at Sunday’s Cobram-Barooga Easter River Beaches Festival.
The diseased tree was overhanging the Beach Cafe and due to be cut down when the Thompsons Beach cafe and Cobba paddle-steamer businesses stepped in to commission the artwork.
The Hurstbridge sculptor said he was ‘‘loving’’ the festival and Cobram Barooga region. ‘‘Everyone is so friendly,’’ Mr Rosenbrock said.
He encouraged people to take a second look after the sculpture was finished yesterday afternoon.
‘‘It’s hard to describe but the red wood comes up beautifully after it’s sealed.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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