Louisville Magazine

JUL 2016

Louisville Magazine is Louisville's city magazine, covering Louisville people, lifestyles, politics, sports, restaurants, entertainment and homes. Includes a monthly calendar of events.

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96 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.16 STUDIO SHOT Photo by Chris Witzke "My grandfather told me once to learn as many trades as I can and I'll never be hungry," Joe Autry says. For the past 20 years he's been sculpting — metal, ice, wood. He has carved and stained dead tree trunks throughout the city, from Parkway Village to the Highlands and Prospect. "I think all sculptors should have a chainsaw in their toolbox," he says. "It just makes sense: repurpose a tree instead of just grinding it up." Autry uses a Husqvarna chainsaw to transform trees into a two-story red squid, a My Morning Jacket tribute with an owl and a green eye, a hexagonal hive with bees larger than your head. Wood stains turn dragon scales green. "I just moved to New Albany and bought a house and put a big fence up. I'm carving my fence — like a big fsh, a lotus fower and other fowers. Quite beautiful, actually," he says. — Jenny Kiefer

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