Artist Turns A Dying Tree Into A Lovely Little Library

Perhaps you are familiar with the “little libraries” that have been popping up in many areas around the nation. They tend to be small cabinets that are centrally located at gas stations and on street corners in neighborhoods to provide books for anyone who was passing by.

It is done on the honor system, so readers can borrow one of the books and then drop it off at the next little library they find in their travels.

It’s a positive aspect in many communities and a way of paying it forward.

Sarah Sanders is somebody who understands the benefits of these little libraries. She also enjoys trees, including the giant cedar tree that was in her front yard when she bought it. She even considered the tree to be a “big factor” when purchasing the home, according to the video shared by NewslinQ.

As is the case with any trees, it started to eventually get some age on it and lose limbs. Eventually, the city forced her to remove the tree from her property. She wasn’t about to go down without a fight, however, and said in the video, “It was deteriorating to the point where it was dangerous.” She also said that she was devastated by the news. That is when she had a revelation.

She started to look for a way to use the tree so that it could benefit the community, maintain its beauty and still be useful. She came up with a brilliant plan. “I have been interested in little libraries for years and thought this would be the perfect place to have one,” she said in the video.

A local master woodworker, Larry Carter, was enlisted to help with the project. He has always enjoyed making things out of wood but this was the first time he ever created a library out of a massive tree stump.

Photo: YouTube / NewslinQ

“I had no idea how I was going to go about it,” the carpenter recalls in the video. Not one to be intimidated, he grabbed his chainsaw and got started.

The original cedar tree provided the home for the new little library. It includes a cabinet, but also some signature wildlife carvings on the outside.

Photo: YouTube / NewslinQ

A raccoon was even carved into the side as a way to say he was sorry for a neighbor’s fence that he broke while it was being built. The woodworker named the raccoon “Rocky” after that neighbor.

Photo: YouTube / NewslinQ

The little library is doing quite well.

Sanders would’ve loved to keep the tree in its former glory, but is happy that the tree is still serving the community. You can see more about the project in the following video:

Since creating the treehouse library, Sanders has passed away. Tia Scott purchased her home when it went on the market, in hopes to keep the treehouse library alive and well, both for the community and in honor of Sanders.

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