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Chainsaw artists to demonstrate at Confluence Tower

Luke Harris, of Alton, half of the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art team puts finishing touches on a life-size eagle he carved out of a block of sassafras wood in this 2014 photo.
Luke Harris, of Alton, half of the Itchy Brothers Chainsaw Art team puts finishing touches on a life-size eagle he carved out of a block of sassafras wood in this 2014 photo. tvizer@bnd.com

Two chainsaw artists will demonstrate their carving art at the Confluence Tower on Saturday.

The Itchy Brothers —Luke Harris and Donnie Johnson — will take huge blocks of wood and create works of art using chainsaws. For the last several years, the Itchy Brothers have demonstrated their artwork at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower in Hartford as part of the “Eagles Over the Confluence” winter events, and have donated several pieces of artwork on display.

The two men, former Laclede Steel employees, have been practicing chainsaw art for a combined 30 years. They begin with large chainsaws to carve aware spare wood, and then use feature saws and sanders for the full detail on sculptures that can include eagles or other local wildlife.

“The Itchy Brothers are very talented and have brought their unique flair for carving animals and birds to the Confluence Tower for several years,” said Deanna Barnes, projects manager for Hartford. “The pieces they create are amazing, and people can see the process from start to finish when they visit us. What is even more exciting is watching the process from 50, 100 or 150 feet high when they take a tour of the Tower.”

The demonstration will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue until the Itchy Brothers are done with their sculptures. The demonstration is free and open to the public, but there is a charge to go up in the tower, which provides views of the entire area including the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers from platforms ranging from 50 to 150 feet in the air. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and veterans, and $2 for children ages 2 and up.

“Eagles Over the Confluence” events will take place throughout January and February, celebrating the American bald eagles that return to the region in winter.

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