Foreman church turns stump into art

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Updated: May 11, 2018

Special to the Little River News

The First United Methodist Church in Foreman, Ark., made something beautiful out of one of the trees that were cut down on the lot the church owns across from the church.

At the Church Council meeting in November of 2017, Pastor Kathryn Burchfield suggested that the tree stump that had three branches be carved into three crosses. After the carver Nick Bero came to look at the tree he suggested that the crosses be done in a relief style. He was able to do this on Good Friday March 30, 2018. The crosses were done by Easter Sunday.

Bero does wood sculpture with a chain saw and has a shop at 1740 Highway 70 East, in De Queen, Ark. He is from Yakima, Wash., and his business there is “Sculpture in Stone.” Bero has 20 years of experience in sculpting. He gets the design idea from the customer then works with that idea and comes up with the final design. He then gets the approval of the customer on the final design.