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At Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama, the park is filled with dead cedar trees. A local artisan, Tim Tingle, approached the city with a proposal: do not remove the trees, but allow him to carve them to create figures and faces within the structure of the tree. The city agreed, and dedicated the area where the trees are (which runs along Shoal Creek) to him by naming the area Tinglewood.

Among the trees are many faces, a dragon, an American Indian, and many other creatures using logs of the trees (fish, dragons, etc.)

It's a delight to walk through the grove and see new characters in the trees; this tree has four faces, while others have one or two. There is one tree carved in a style reminiscent of totem poles.

Finding them provides entertainment for children of all ages, but upon closer inspection of the work, a fine eye can tell the time that went into creating the carving.

The oldest carving I've found is from 95, I do believe, and Tingle is still at work, providing even more faces and characters.

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