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.’’
Thousands of people attended the Shepparton dawn service on Anzac Day, with the RSL tipping it could be the biggest ever.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
As part of Lyme Disease Awareness Month in May, the Riverine Herald will shed light on the debilitating, yet controversial, illness through the eyes of those fighting it.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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