Three wooden tulips now adorn Sweet Corner Park

Wood carvers Tom Stefan (left) and Joel Fawcett at Sweet Corner Park. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Local chainsaw woodcarvers Joel Fawcett and Tom Stefan turned out three wooden tulips at Sweet Corner Park yesterday — a local beautification initiative timed to coincide with Ottawa’s Tulip Festival.

Large pine logs cut down in Williamsburg were used in the making of the sculpted flowers, according to Fawcett, who collected the material. “They came from Jimmy Thom’s property,” he added.

Fawcett, a resident of Dunbar, has long been a fixture on the local scene with his carved artworks, while Stefan only moved to the area — Winchester Springs — two years ago.

Stefan said their common interest has brought them together on a couple of projects already.

Vince Zandbelt, owner of property beside the park, said the Winchester project was the brainchild of the Planted Arrow’s Kelly Windle. A handful of village groups funded the tulip sculptures, including the Dairyfest and Downtown Revitalization committees.

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